USA flight attendant's union wants Capitol rioters banned from flying

Pro-Trump protesters clash with Capitol police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress in Washingt

U.S airlines and law enforcement agencies have bolstered security at Washington-area airports on Thursday after supporters of President Donald Trump caused mayhem in the US capital in an attempt to overturn his election loss.

Sources at two United States airlines said there had been unruly passengers on flights into the Washington, DC area on Tuesday, raising concern about their departure.

However, the raucous flight came as Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants, said people who took part in Wednesday's chaos should be banned from flying.

In a message to union members, the president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants said union leadership was aware of incidents on multiple flights headed to D.C.

American Airlines has suspended liquor sales on flights in and out of Washington, D.C., after Trump supporters chaotically stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday in protests that turned violent. The union feels it's unsafe for those who participated in the insurrection at the Capitol to be allowed back onto airplanes. It will not happen again.

"Regardless of one's political beliefs, the cabin of a commercial aircraft must, out of necessity, be a calm environment for the safety of everyone on board", AFPA president Julie Hedrick said in a statement. "This behavior is unsafe and threatening".

"Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday, I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes", Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement.

American already wasn't serving booze in its main cabins because of COVID, but now it's banned alcohol throughout, including first class.

Officials with American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines said they also were taking additional security measures in the Washington region.

Given the range of measures introduced in response to violence at the Capitol and politically motivated altercations on flights surrounding these events, we rate this claim as "True".



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