Rep. Bennie Thompson

House Homeland Security Committee Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson

Major Airlines Report Unruly Passengers

Rep. Bennie Thompson
House Homeland Security Committee Chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson

House seeks to put electoral vote protestors on no-fly list.

Flight Attendants Union head Sara Nelson called for the DC protestors to be banned from flying after exhibiting “mob mentality behavior” on flights into and out of the DC region. Now the House Homeland Security Committee, under Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) is calling on the TSA and FBI to add protestors to the No-Fly List.

Several conflicts happened on planes with passengers heading to DC in advance of Congress’s counting electoral votes and declaring Joe Biden the next President of the United States.

Whether it was heckling Mitt Romney on Delta, or a maskless MAGA party on Southwest, the incidents weren’t limited to any single airline. But American Airlines is the largest carrier at close-in Washington National airport.

In response to the disturbances, American Airlines is adding staff at the DC airports as they work closely with the TSA and law enforcement to prepare for a potentially combustible situation as people fan back out from DC and across the country. Flight crew layovers were moved out of downtown hotels.

Nelson said in a statement made January 6, that “some of the people who traveled in our planes (Tuesday) participated in the insurrection at the Capitol today. Their violent and seditious actions … create further concern about their departure from the DC area. Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”

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