Inauguration day: Biden lands in private jet, security tightened

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President-elect Joe Biden lands in Washington D.C. in a private jet ahead of the inauguration ceremony.

On January 19, 2021, Biden landed in Washington D.C. ahead of the inauguration day, when under heavy security he will be sworn in the US Capitol. Instead of the Air Force jet, normally used for the occasion, the President-elect used his private Boeing 737 aircraft to fly from his home in Delaware.

On the inauguration day on January 20, 2021, current President Donald Trump is expected to leave the White House and fly to his Palm Beach estate, Florida, reported the Wall Street Journal. For that day, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued flight restrictions for the skies above the area: pilots won’t be able to fly within 10 nautical miles or 18,000 feet of Palm Beach International Airport (PBI) and within 3 nautical miles or 3,000 feet of the Mar-a-Lago club, owned by Trump.

After the Capitol Riot imploded on January 6, 2021, American Airlines (A1G) (AAL) and Delta Air Lines said they were working on ensuring the safety of people traveling through Washington area airports , namely Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport, ahead of the inauguration day. Throughout the inauguration week, Delta, American, Southwest, United and Alaska airlines said passengers flying into those airports will not be allowed to carry firearms in their checked baggage.

The US Transportation Security Administration (TSA) also announced security will be tightened in the Washington area airports, while the FAA warned unruly air travelers of jail times and fines.

On January 18, 2021, Trump announced the lifting of travel bans for passengers arriving to the United States from the EU, United Kingdom and Brazil, effective from January 26, 2021. However, Biden’s White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced that the President-elect will extend the restrictions in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants. 


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