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No alcohol and no checked guns: Airlines tighten security for Inauguration Day

January 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 14: The U.S. Capitol is pictured at dawn on January 14, 2021 in Washington, DC. Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the Presidential inauguration. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Airlines and the Transportation Security Administration are stepping up security for flights to and from Washington, DC, amid threats of additional violence.

In response, the TSA is increasing passenger screenings and airlines are banning some guns and alcohol and taking extra measures to keep airline crew members safe.

American Airlines (AAL) told CNN Wednesday it is suspending alcoholic beverage service on flights to and from DC area airports between January 16 and January 21.

Alaska Air (ALK) banned 14 passengers on a January 7 flight from Washington Dulles Airport to Seattle because they were "non-mask compliant, rowdy, argumentative and harassed our crew members.

"This is a routine practice and represents one of the multiple layers of security that we employ," agency spokesman Carter Langston told CNN when asked about an account of TSA officers stopping passengers at the gate of a Washington-bound flight to check identification and bags.

The screening of Washington-bound passengers is in addition to a heightened security and police presence at the three DC-area airports that has included armored vehicles and a notable increase in the number of visible officers in terminals.

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