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Delta won’t allow passengers flying to D.C. to check guns

Delta said it won’t allow passengers flying to Washington, D.C., to check their guns

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Travelers wait in line at a Delta Air Lines gate at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Travellers wait in line at a Delta Air Lines gate at San Francisco International Airport during the coronavirus pandemic in San Francisco, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Jeff Chiu, Associated Press

Delta CEO Ed Bastian told CNBC on Thursday that the airline won’t allow passengers to check firearms on flights flying to Washington, D.C.

  • The new policy — which begins this weekend and will run through next week — comes after politically motivated arguments and verbal attacks at airports that began after President Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.
  • “We’re all on high alert based on the events over the last couple of weeks in Washington,” Bastian told CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

The Federal Aviation Administration said it will fine customers up to $35,000 if they are unruly or interfere with flight crews, according to ABC News.

Similar moves

American Airlines said last week that it will make changes to its flights after observing some “politically motivated aggression” on trips to Washington, D.C., as I wrote about for the Deseret News.

  • “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,” American Airlines said in a statement, according to CNN.