Security Boosted For Congressmen at Airports Following Angry Confrontations Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington.. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)
By Brian Freeman | Sunday, 10 January 2021 06:33 PM
Security has been increased for U.S. congressmen at airports traveling to and from Washington, D.C., after several lawmakers were heckled or harrassed following the siege of the Capitol, Axios reported on Sunday.
The House Sergeant at Arms and the U.S. Capitol Police have teamed up with the Washington Metropolitan Airports Authority and the United States Air Marshals to provide additional security for congressmen through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, according to a "House Alert" internal memo sent to lawmakers over the weekend and obtained by Axios.
Congressmen were encouraged to give their flight itineraries to House security officials who "will make notifications to the appropriate law enforcement agencies to ensure an increased security posture," according to the memo, which added that lawmakers and their staff were encouraged to "remain vigilant of their surroundings and immediately report anything unusual or suspicious."
Supporters of President Donald Trump have in recent days verbally harassed Republican Sens. Lindsey Graham and Mitt Romney as they traveled for not giving enough backing to the chief executive, according to Politico.
In addition, due to unruly behavior that occurred on several flights to and from Washington D.C., the Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will “pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight," Axios reported.