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November 5, 2020

US aviation lists Biden’s home as ‘no-fly zone’ for security concerns

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put the residence of presidential candidate Joe Biden under a temporary flight restriction.

By Ilaria Grasso Macola

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put the residence of presidential candidate Joe Biden under a temporary flight restriction.

The ‘no-fly zone’ – which has a radius of one nautical mile – covers the airspace over Biden’s Delaware house and will last until 7 November.

The decision, which was taken by the FAA yesterday, was announced through a Notice to Airmen and listed under ‘special security reasons’. Despite no official statement by the agency, the Independent interpreted it as a way to increase security in the event of Biden winning the elections.

According to the Notice to Airmen – which provides information on temporary changes to the National Airspace System – pilots are not allowed to fly over the area, except in extraordinary circumstances, such as safety and emergency reasons.

This is not the first time the FAA lists US presidential candidates’ residences as ‘no-fly zones’.

In 2016, Trump Tower as well as Mike Pence’s Indianapolis home were put under restrictions before they took office. The domiciles of Hillary Clinton and former vice-presidential candidate Tim Kaine were protected during election night but lost all privileges when results came in.

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