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American Airlines makes changes due to ‘politically motivated aggression’ on recent flights

American Airlines says flights to Washington, D.C., have featured politically motivated aggression.

In this Dec. 2, 2020 file photo, an American Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet plane is parked at a maintenance facility in Tulsa, Okla. Paying passengers were scheduled to board a Boeing 737 Max in Miami on Tuesday, Dec. 29 for the first time since safety regulators allowed the plane to fly again after two deadly crashes.
In this Dec. 2, 2020, file photo, an American Airlines Boeing 737 Max jet plane is parked at a maintenance facility in Tulsa, Okla.
LM Otero, Associated Press

American Airlines said Wednesday it will make changes to its flights after observing “politically motivated aggression” on trips to Washington, D.C.

What’s going on?

American Airlines said it would take new “precautionary” measures as “politically motivated aggression” has ramped up on flights, according to CNN.

  • One such measure includes no longer serving alcohol on flights to and from Washington, D.C.
  • “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,” the airline’s statement said, CNN reports.

Context:

The airline didn’t report any specific incidents. However, the announcement came shortly after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol as Congress looked to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

An example with Mitt Romney

Utah Sen. Mitt Romney was subject of such an incident on Tuesday at the Salt Lake City International Airport, and during a flight to Washington, D.C., as the Deseret News reported.

  • The video showed Romney approached by a Trump supporter, who calls him a “disgusting shame.”
  • Later, video footage of the flight to Washington, D.C., showed people chanting “traitor” at Romney.

“Just one of the most successful business leaders of his time, former Gov and GOP nominee quietly reading at the airport in the course of his public duties — being harassed by ‘patriots,’” Utah County Commissioner Tanner Ainge tweeted. “Romney deserves more respect than this — yet responds w/ decency & patience.”