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American Airlines is relocating crews from downtown DC hotels for inauguration week

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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An American Airlines Group Inc. Embraer 175 plane taxis at Reagan National Airport (DCA) in Arlington, Virginia, U.S., on Monday, April 6, 2020. U.S. airlines are applying for federal aid to shore up their finances as passengers stay home amid the coronavirus pandemic. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

American Airlines said it will relocate crew members from downtown Washington, DC hotels to lodgings closer to airports through January 24 because of heightened safety concern surrounding Wednesday's Inauguration Day.

(CNN) — American Airlines said it will relocate crew members from downtown Washington, DC hotels to lodgings closer to airports through January 24 because of heightened safety concern surrounding Wednesday's Inauguration Day.

The decision follows recent altercations on DC flights and at airports involving fervent supporters of President Donald Trump, who did little to dissuade a mob from storming the Capitol building January 6.

"Our goals right now are to encourage Americans to participate virtually and to protect the District of Columbia from a repeat of the violent insurrection experienced at the Capitol and its grounds on January 6," Bowser said.

Airbnb told CNN Business it will cancel all short-term reservations in the DC area next week.

Along with its lodging decision, American Airlines also announced the suspension of alcoholic beverage service on DC-area flights from January 16 to January 21, the day following the inauguration.

The airline will increase staffing at the three DC-area airports and said it is "revising pre-departure announcements to further emphasize the importance of following crew member instructions and complying with mandatory face-covering policies. "

The union that represents American Airlines' flight crews, the Association of Professional Flight Attendants (APFA), issued a statement following the riots.

"We are incredibly concerned about recent politically motivated incidents on board passenger aircraft," read the release from APFA president Julie Hedrick.

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