Trump supporters, other passengers in shouting bout on plane

American Airlines Boeing 787-8 N819AN

Prior to the riots, some airlines had moved their flight crews to hotels outside the central Washington area in anticipation of protests, CNBC reported.

Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol hoping to overturn his election defeat, forcing Congress to postpone a session that would have certified president-elect Joe Biden's victory.

"Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol (Wednesday) create further concern about their departure from the DC area", AFA president Sara Nelson said in a statement.

The airline told McClatchy it has also boosted staffing at D.C. airports "as a precautionary measure".

"Air travel is safe because everyone follows a strict set of rules, based on the spirit that 'we're all in this together.' The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard".

American Airlines said Wednesday it is instituting new rules in response to instances of politically motivated aggression on flights, including no longer serving alcohol on flights to and from Washington, D.C.

Many videos of Trump rioters heading for the Capitol building show the extremists bullying flight attendants and other passengers, with one plane full of rioters projecting "Trump 2020" on the ceiling of the plane while screaming in support of their soon-to-be-ousted dictator.

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"It's an incredibly scary and unsafe situation", he said.

"If the airline is aware of someone that has been abusive on the ground, involved in rioting, and destruction of property and unsafe behavior, that if the airline was aware of it, they absolutely should not be allowed to fly home from Washington on our airline".

Nelson, the AFA president, called on airlines and government agencies to step in for security. "We are working closely with local law enforcement and airport authority partners to ensure the safety of our customers and team members on the ground and in the air".

"Additionally, we have increased staffing at Washington-area airports and are in close contact with appropriate law enforcement agencies, including TSA and MWAA Police, to continuously monitor the situation in real time", United Airlines told Newsweek.

"Our team is reviewing this incident", said American Airlines spokesman Curtis Blessing.

The Transportation Security Administration, which has authority over United States travel security, said it is "always on high alert" and has "multiple layers of security in place".

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