Earlier than the riots, United Airways moved its crews from downtown Washington lodges and elevated staffing at space airports. The airline has been and continues to be working with the Transportation Safety Administration and regulation enforcement companies, together with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
On Wednesday, American Airways banned alcohol in first-class for flights out of Washington. (The airline stopped serving alcohol in the primary cabin final 12 months due to the pandemic.)
Sara Nelson, president of the Affiliation of Flight Attendants union, which represents flight attendants from 17 airways, referred to 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 regulation enforcement entities “hold all issues on the bottom.”
“Among 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 this time create additional concern about their departure from the DC space. Acts in opposition to our democracy, our authorities, and the liberty we declare as Individuals 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 in the course of 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 habits is unacceptable, and flight attendants mustn’t should 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.