Washington DC. Washington DC and other cities across the United States have increased security levels ahead of the inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden on January 20th.
Several U.S. airlines announced Thursday that they will not allow travelers flying to Washington area airports to carry firearms.
The airline Delta has even created a list of people who are not allowed to board their planes because they have been involved in “riots”.
The national railway service Amtrak also announces that it will implement increased safety measures. Among other things, by deploying police officers on the cars.
The increased security measures come eight days after the congressional building was stormed by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.
Since then, there have also been riots on planes and at airports.
Officials have warned of plans for armed protests in Washington DC and all 50 states prior to the deployment.
The director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, Christopher Wray, says he is concerned about the risk of violence during the protests and demonstrations planned in the federal capital and at government buildings around the country.
Vice President Mike Pence promises in his first speech after the riots on January 6 that the United States will have a secure deployment of Joe Biden.
“We want to make sure we get a safe deployment when President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris are sworn in,” Pence said Thursday.
Biden has asked Lisa Monaco, who has been nominated as the next Attorney General, to act as interim adviser to Homeland Security, which is in charge of U.S. Homeland Security, until the deployment.
In Washington DC, the Congress building has been surrounded by a fence. This also applies to the Supreme Court building and the congress library.
Roads near Capitol Hill have been closed and businesses in the area say they will stay closed next week.
The city’s metro and bus lines report that certain stations will be closed and traffic redirected from Friday to January 21.
/ ritzau / Reuters
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