Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday called on the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to bar confirmed rioters who stormed the Capitol from boarding commercial flights.
Being added to the federal no-fly list means the government believes they pose “a threat of committing terrorism,” since the list is a subset of the agency’s Terrorist Watchlist created after 9/11.
An FBI spokesperson confirmed receiving Schumer’s letter, but did not say if the FBI would be acting on the recommendation.
Meanwhile, additional law enforcement and canine units have been stationed at the three airports serving D.C. The agency said enhanced security will also be enforced through Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
Last week, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) president Sara Nelson said members of the mob that attacked Congress should be disqualified “from the freedom of flight.”
She noted that the “mob mentality behavior” seen on flights into D.C. “threatened the safety and security of every single person on board. “
Pro-Trump supporters flying to Washington, D.C. from Dallas the night before the Capitol siege were filmed behaving poorly and disrespecting other passengers.