DENVER — Denver-based Frontier Airlines announced that it will temporarily ban the ability for the public to travel to Washington D.C. with checked firearms ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
This comes after the FBI said it is investigating the potential for armed protests at state capitols throughout the country.
Frontier’s policy specifically includes three airports near Washington D.C.: Reagan National Airport, Dulles International Airport and Baltimore/Washington International Airport.
According to a news release from the airline, the ban on checked weapons begins on Jan. 16 and lasts until Jan. 23. Biden’s inauguration is slated for Jan. 20.
The policy does not apply to credentialed law enforcement and military personnel on orders, Frontier said.
Delta Airlines has also announced a similar policy, and American Airlines told CNN it is temporarily limited alcohol service on flights ahead of the inauguration.
Law enforcement agencies in Colorado have said they are also preparing for potential violence ahead of the inauguration, but could not share their specific plans.
The Colorado Capitol is also slated to receive bolstered security due to vandalism from protests there this summer as well as the most recent tensions.
Gov. Jared Polis (D-Colorado) announced that he will send at least 200 National Guard members to Washington, D.C. to secure the inauguration.
Five people were killed last week during an attempted insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, during which a mob of people in support of overturning President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election breached the building.
Trump has been impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for a second time. In a video message on Wednesday night, he asked for calm ahead of Biden's inauguration.
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