9/11 Flight Restrictions

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Aug 20, 2002
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- The federal government on Thursday announced flight restrictions coinciding with public ceremonies at the three September 11 crash sites.
The temporary rules are less stringent than those presented to the aviation industry last week. The proposal would have banned internationally owned airlines from flying over the sites on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks.
The rules limit flying within a 34.5 mile radius of the event sites below 18,000 feet. Passengers on commercial airlines will be required to remain seated for 30 minutes after takeoff and 30 minutes before landing in the three areas.
Private flying will be banned or in some cases limited to aircraft operating under instrument flight rules. Sightseeing and training flights will also be banned.
In New York, the restrictions will be in effect from 7 a.m. EDT on September 11 until 8 p.m. on September 13. Private planes will be banned shortly before, during and after public outdoor events on all three days.
In Washington, the restrictions will be in effect from 8:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. on September 11. Flights will be banned over a ceremony at the Pentagon.
In Somerset, Pennsylvania, flights will be banned over and near the outdoor ceremony.
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