Delta doesn’t enable DC-bound vacationers to verify weapons

A Transportation Security Administration (TSA) agent inspects an airline passenger at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, Illinois on October 19, 2020.

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Delta Air Lines will not allow travelers flying to airports in the Washington metropolitan area to check firearms on flights prior to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday.

The new policy, which begins this weekend and applies next week, follows last week’s deadly pro-Trump uprising in the U.S. Capitol and a spate of politically motivated unrest on flights and airports. Law enforcement agencies authorized to carry firearms are exempt.

“Due to the events of the past few weeks in Washington, we are all on high alert,” said Bastian in an interview about “Squawk Box”.

The Federal Aviation Administration announced on Wednesday that a zero-tolerance policy would be introduced for travelers who are unruly or interfering with the duties of flight crew, which could result in a fine of up to $ 35,000.

Airlines, airports and hotels are increasing security ahead of the inauguration on Wednesday. Several airports said they would add more police force while airlines hire more staff and book overnight crews at airport hotels. American Airlines said late Wednesday it would cease alcohol sales on DC flights.

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