Leading up to the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, a handful of airlines will prohibit guns being shipped in checked luggage.
The gun ban from Alaska, United, and Delta appears to apply only to flights to Washington, D.C., according to the Chicago Tribune and San Francisco Chronicle.
Reports say that the airlines are trying to curb any intended violent insurrection that may be planned for the inauguration. Washington, D.C. has specific gun laws, but generally, people are allowed to transport a firearm through Washington, DC from a state where their firearm is licensed to another state where their firearm is licensed. But in general, it’s a felony to possess a firearm in D.C.
American Airlines is going to once again ban alcohol service on its flights to and from the Washington, D.C. area. Flights will start going dry on Saturday, and continue through Thursday. Airlines are also moving their crews out of some hotels in the nation’s capital for safety reasons.
The Alaska Airlines blog makes no mention of it. The normal firearms policy at Alaska Airlines is at this link.
In related news, AirBNB has cancelled all reservations for Washington, D.C. area rentals in the days leading up to the inauguration. No new reservations may be made at homes around the Capital.