Alaska Airlines will require travelers to stay seated for an hour before landing and after taking off in the Washington, DC, region, the carrier said Thursday.
The “temporary” policy for travelers out of DC’s three major airports goes into effect Friday, Jan. 15, the airline said in a statement — along with a ban on checked firearms on DC-bound flights.
Alaska also plans to increase enforcement of its face covering requirement, and to limit the number of tickets available for DC-area fights. Law enforcement officials have urged Americans to avoid traveling to the area.
An airline rep told The Post the policies will remain in effect “for as long as needed.”
The airline joins its competitors in taking additional DC-specific security measures in the aftermath of last week’s pro-President Trump riot that saw five people die.
Delta Air Lines has instituted its own firearms ban, while American Airlines banned booze on Washington-area flights.
Alaska has added hundreds of people to its “no-fly” list since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — including “at least” 14 who refused to wear face masks and harassed crew members on a flight out of DC the day after the riot.
Alaska Airlines unveils new security measures on flights to, from DC The British Journal Editors and Wire Services/ New York Post.