A union of flight attendants has called for a ban on Trump supporters who mobbed the Capitol on Wednesday for boarding flights out of Washington, DC, citing concerns about violent and disruptive behavior.
Flight Attendants Union Denounces Mob’s Violent Behavior
The Association of Flight Attendants-CWA’s international president, Sara Nelson, denounced the behavior that Trump supporters had demonstrated while on flights headed to Washington on Wednesday. She also said that the violent behavior that President Trump’s supporters had shown in the Capitol is enough reason that they should be prohibited from boarding flights.
In a statement, Nelson said: “The mob mentality behavior that took place on several flights to the D.C. area yesterday was unacceptable and threatened the safety and security of every single person onboard. … Their violent and seditious actions at the Capitol today create further concern about their departure from the DC area.”
She also said, ”Acts against our democracy, our government, and the freedom we claim as Americans must disqualify these individuals from the freedom of flight.”
However, Nelson did not lay out the details of how they can identify the said people. Nevertheless, she said airlines should communicate and coordinate with different government agencies. She mentioned working with the likes of the TSA, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Federal Aviation Administration. Nelson wanted coordination to ensure the safety of other passengers and crew members.
Trump Supporters Storm the Capitol
On Wednesday, pro-Trump supporters charged into the Capitol. This came after the president urged them to “take back our country” during a rally earlier that day. The group had gathered in protest against the certification of the 2020 Presidential Election results, in which President-elect Joe Biden won.
At the Capitol, the rioters breached police lines. They went into the building through doors and windows that they had destroyed. After The Hill’s sergeant at arms declared that the building has been cleared, Congress reconvened to certify Biden’s victory.
The incident was not without casualty. According to Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee III, a police officer shot and killed one woman inside the building. Apart from this, three more people died due to medical issues.
Additionally, the police had managed to arrest at least 53 people by 9:30 in the evening. According to Contee, around half of these people were on the Capitol grounds. Law enforcement arrested the rest for violating the 6 p.m. curfew announced earlier that day.