Earlier than the riots, United Airways moved its crews from downtown Washington inns and elevated staffing at space airports. The airline has been and continues to be working with the Transportation Safety Administration and legislation enforcement companies, together with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
On Wednesday, American Airways banned alcohol in top quality for flights out of Washington. (The airline stopped serving alcohol in the principle cabin final yr due to the pandemic.)
Sara Nelson, president of the Affiliation of Flight Attendants union, which represents flight attendants from 17 airways, known as for the insurrectionists to be banned from flights out of Washington and requested that the T.S.A., the Division of Homeland Safety, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Division of Transportation and different legislation enforcement entities “preserve all issues on the bottom.”
“A number of the individuals who traveled in our planes yesterday participated within the riot on the Capitol,” Ms. Nelson mentioned in an announcement. “Their violent and seditious actions on the Capitol at the moment create additional concern about their departure from the DC space. Acts in opposition to our democracy, our authorities, and the liberty we declare as People should disqualify these people from the liberty of flight.”
Julie Hedrick, president of the Affiliation of Skilled Flight Attendants, the union representing American Airways’ flight attendants, mentioned there have been a number of incidents on flights headed to Washington throughout the week.
“Flight attendants had been compelled to confront passengers exhibiting politically motivated aggression in the direction of different passengers and crew,” she mentioned in an announcement. “This conduct is unacceptable, and flight attendants shouldn’t need to take care of these egregious incidents.”
On Thursday night time, “non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative” passengers on an Alaska Airways flight from Dulles to Seattle harassed crew members, a spokeswoman instructed The Occasions. These passengers have been banned from flying with the airline sooner or later.