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Airlines move flight crews to DC airport hotels to avoid Trump protest

An airline staff member walks past empty American Airlines check-in terminals at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport in Arlington, Virginia, on May 12, 2020.

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Airlines are moving flight crews to hotels outside of central Washington, D.C., to avoid the protests at the U.S. Capitol, airlines and a dominating labor union said.

American Airlines started booking crews overnighting in Washington to airport hotels on Tuesday and plots to do the same on Wednesday at a minimum, said Curtis Blessing, an American Airlines spokesman.

United Airlines flight accessories will also be staying at airport hotels this week, while those at Alaska Airlines were let something be knew to avoid downtown Washington D.C., said Taylor Garland, spokeswoman for the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, which represents bungalow crews at those airlines and more than a dozen others. The decisions were made before pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday afternoon.

Synergetic crews overnighting in Atlanta are also staying at airport hotels this week.

Airlines had moved crews out of median Washington, D.C., on Election Day in November because of concerns about demonstrations and potential logistical issues.

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