Washington blocks, Delta bans DC guns ahead of inauguration By Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – As Washington blocks President-elect Joe Biden‘s inauguration, Delta Air Lines (NYSE 🙂 imposed new passenger restrictions on the US capital on Thursday, while Democrats warned of possible political violence. even after the January 20 swearing-in. -in. Delta will not allow travelers traveling to Washington-area airports to check firearms on their flights before the inauguration, Chief Executive Ed Bastian said Thursday. The actions follow the assault on the US Capitol last week by supporters of President Donald Trump and riots on flights and airports. Officials warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 states. Hotels, airlines and other companies tightened security as authorities planned to deploy at least 20,000 National Guard personnel to the city. “We are all on high alert based on the events of the past few weeks in Washington,” Bastian told CNBC. He told Reuters that his airline had put passengers on a no-fly list for their involvement in disruptive incidents that, for example, targeted Republican US Senator Mitt Romney. In Washington, the perimeter of a tall fence surrounding the Capitol was pushed out to encompass the United States Supreme Court and the Library of Congress. Nearby roads were closed and some companies said they would close. US Representative Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA case officer with a background in terrorism, warned of possible political violence after the inauguration. “We are certainly preparing for those potential results this weekend and at the inauguration, but it doesn’t end there,” he told CNN. The National Park Service said a decision had not yet been made on whether to close the National Mall that runs from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. The park service closed the Washington Monument to tours and Mayor Muriel Bowser asked visitors to stay away from the city. Trump’s Vice President Mike Pence was expected to speak at a swearing-in security briefing Thursday at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters. The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to impeach Trump on incitement charges after his supporters swept the Capitol, leaving five dead, following a speech by the Republican president that reiterated his false claim that Biden, a Democrat , hit him due to widespread fraud. . The assault on the Capitol is under investigation by federal authorities, who have so far arrested dozens of people. More than 30 House Democrats, including Spanberger and United States Representative Mikie Sherrill, have asked Acting House and Senate Sergeants at Arms and Acting Capitol Police Chief Visitor Records, Videos and other information about who was in the building that day. . Sherrill, who has accused Republicans of inciting Trump’s mob, said he saw colleagues leading groups on “reconnaissance” tours of the Capitol the day before the Jan.6 attack.

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