United and American have also joined Delta and will ban firearms from their flights.
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Travelers traveling on flights to Washington, D.C., before the Opening Day they will not be able to document firearms on various airlines and they will face greater security measures in all companies.
Delta Airlines CEO Ed Bastian said Thursday that the airline will ban passengers from traveling to Washington, D.C. carry firearms. American, United and Alaska they will take the same measure.
“We are all on high alert for the events of recent weeks in Washington,” Bastian said in an interview on CNBC.
Only officers will be exempt from the ban
Airlines will also apply other security measures at airports. Alaska Airlines banned 14 passengers from flying with the airline during the pandemic after they lined up and refused to wear masks on a flight from Washington, D.C. Last week United Airlines and American Airlines they joined Delta for temporarily ban firearms on flights to international airports in Baltimore/Washington, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport.
United Airlines also included flights to Richmond International Airport and noted that law enforcement officials and active duty military traveling on orders would be exempt from the measure.
Major airlines stepped up security precautions on flights to and from Washington last weekend following the attack on the Capitol on January 6.
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Alaska Airlines reported that it also plans to reduce the number of tickets sold on flights to and from the D.C. metropolitan area. to support law enforcement calls to avoid travel. The airline will also require all passengers to remain in their seats for one hour after take-off and during landing. The airline said it established a command center to monitor operations from check-in to arrival.
Southwest reported that it is hardening its “customer behavior” protocol because incidents could increase. The company will strengthen security at airport gates as well as when a flight lands.
American Airlines It will also strengthen security at the airports where it operates and on its planes. The airline alcohol won’t work either on flights to and from Washington-area airports January 16-21. Due to the pandemic it is only serving drinks in first class. The crew will be sheltered in the hotels closest to the airports and it will provide private transportation until January 24 instead of employees using hotel transportation services.
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