Airlines strengthening security on flights to Washington DC in wake of Capitol chaos
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In the wake of Wednesday's chaos at the Capitol, some U.S. airlines are responding by strengthening security measures.
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American Airlines told Fox Business on Thursday that the organization plans to increase staffing at the three Washington-centric airports and stop liquor sales on both inbound and outbound flights.
"At American, safety is our highest priority," American Airline spokesperson Curtis Blessing told Fox Business. "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."
"We will continue to enforce policies that ensure our customers' and team members' safety and wellbeing," he added.
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The Capitol breach had resulted in four deaths and at least 52 arrests as of Wednesday, Washington's Metropolitan Police Department announced. At least 14 officers were wounded in the assault.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser said that there would be an extension of the public emergency for the next 15 days, noting that "persons" dissatisfied with the findings of State Boards of Elections and certification of the Electoral College votes are expected to continue protesting violently through President-elect Joe Biden's Jan. 20 inauguration.
Though Delta Airlines would not discuss specific security measures and any additional measures taken, spokesperson Morgan Durrant told Fox Business there is nothing more important than protecting the integrity of security and safety procedures.
"While that means refraining from discussing specifics, we can say 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," Durrant noted.
"As a values-led company, we expect our people and customers to treat one another with dignity and respect as we safely fly them to their destinations, including wearing of masks and following all instructions from Delta people at the airport and on-board," he said.