Airlines beefing up safety on Washington flights in wake of Capitol riots, in-flight incidents

Airlines got a preview of the mood of supporters of President Trump when in-flight tussles emerged on flights into Washington, D.C., on Tuesday and after Wednesday’s storming of the US Capitol they aren’t taking any chances on what might unfold as the election protesters fly home.

American Airlines has increased staffing at the three DC-area airports – Reagan National and Dulles International in Virginia and Baltimore Washington International in Maryland – and is halting liquor sales on flights to and from the airports, spokesman Curtis Blessing said.

“At American, safety is our highest priority,” the airline said in a statement. “We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air.”

Delta did not reveal specific measures it is taking but spokesman Morgan Durrant said “there’s nothing more important than protecting the integrity of the safety and security measures that keep our employees and customers safe.”

“Delta continually works with law enforcement agencies and all aviation stakeholders to enact methods – both seen and unseen –  as part of our unwavering efforts to keep everyone safe at our airports and on our flights.”

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