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Airlines are enacting security measures even stricter than post-9/11 on flights to Washington, DC as violent extremism threatens Biden's inauguration

Airlines are enacting security measures even stricter than post-9/11 on flights to Washington, DC as violent extremism threatens Biden's inauguration

An airplane flies near the Pentagon.
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Airlines are stepping up their security measures on flights to Washington, DC ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.




"These new security measures are more extensive and stringent compared to those implemented after 9/11," industry analyst Henry Harteveldt of Atmosphere Research Group told Insider.




Alaska Airlines is enacting the most stringent policies that restrict ticket sales on Washington flights and when passengers can leave their seats.




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It's been less than two weeks since Washington, DC was rocked by an assault on the US Capitol Building as rioters attempted to prevent the certification of the Electoral College. Now, as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to be sworn into office on Wednesday, airlines are doing their part.New security measures are being implemented on flights to and from the nation's capital starting this weekend with the hopes of preventing another day of violence. Airlines are keen not to repeat the mistakes of last week as the days surrounding the Capitol riots saw increased tensions in the nation's skies."These new security measures are more extensive and stringent compared to those implemented after 9/11," industry analyst Henry Harteveldt of Atmosphere Research Group told Insider. Delta Air Lines has already banned six passengers who had been harassing Utah Senator Mitt Romney and running afoul of the airline's face mask rule. The senator was accosted in the airport terminal and endured chants of "traitor" while in the air for opposing President Donald Trump.
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