Before the riots, United Airlines relocated its crews from hotels in downtown Washington and increased staffing at the airports in the area. The airline has and continues to work with the Transportation Security Administration and law enforcement agencies, including the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority.
On Wednesday, American Airlines banned alcohol in first class flights from Washington. (The airline stopped drinking alcohol in the main cabin last year due to the pandemic.)
Sara Nelson, president of the Association of Flight Attendants Union, which represents flight attendants from 17 airlines, called for insurgents to be banned from flights from Washington and urged the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Department of Transportation and other law enforcement agencies to ” keep all problems on site ”.
“Some of the people who traveled on our planes yesterday participated in the Capitol riot,” Ms. Nelson said in a statement. “Your violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today are causing further concern over your departure from the DC area. Actions against our democracy, our government and the freedom we claim as Americans must exclude these people from freedom of flight. “
Julie Hedrick, president of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants, the union that represents American Airlines flight attendants, said there were several incidents on flights to Washington during the week.
“Flight attendants were forced to confront passengers who showed politically motivated aggression towards other passengers and crew members,” she said in a statement. “This behavior is unacceptable and flight attendants should not have to deal with these monstrous incidents.”
A spokeswoman told The Times on Thursday night that “mask-conforming, vocal, argumentative” passengers on an Alaska Airlines flight from Dulles to Seattle harassed crew members. In the future, these passengers will be prohibited from flying with the airline.