The FBI confirmed on Tuesday that they were considering adding suspects linked to the riot at the U.S. Capitol to a no-fly list ahead of the presidential inauguration planned in Washington, D.C.
FBI Washington Field Office Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono described how his agents, analysts and all the other FBI personnel in his office are working to scrub through video, interview witnesses and identify individuals to arrest following the violence at the capitol building.
The TSA (Transportation Security Administration) said on Friday it will put more air marshals on some flights, and travelers will see a noticeable increase in police officers, and random screening at all major airports in the Washington, D.C., area.
TSA Administrator David Pekoske said his agency is “processing hundreds of names with law enforcement agencies for a thorough risk assessment.” He said TSA was working “to ensure those who may pose a threat to our aviation sector undergo enhanced screening or are prevented from boarding an aircraft.”
“As for the no-fly list, we look at all tools and techniques we can possibly use within the FBI and that’s something that we are actively looking at,” D’Antuono added, responding to a reporter’s question about the list without elaborating.
This was the first time an FBI official publicly acknowledged the agency was deciding if they should add D.C. rioters to the no-fly list, which is maintained by the bureau and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).
The FAA monitors and tracks all commercial passenger flights in real time, and reporting mechanisms are in place for crew members to identify any number of safety and security concerns that may arise in flight, which includes unruly passenger behavior and to disrupt and threaten crew members’ ability to conduct their key safety functions, Dickson said.
The FAA “will pursue strong enforcement action against anyone who endangers the safety of a flight, with penalties ranging from monetary fines to jail time,” he added. Penalties for passengers who interfere with, physically assault or threaten to physically assault aircraft crew or anyone else on an aircraft already face fines of up to $35,000 and imprisonment.
The FBI has opened more than 160 case files, as the bureau continues its “24/7, full-bar investigation” into what happened on Jan. 6th at the capitol building in D.C.