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U.S. to Permit Some Flights Wednesday

Wednesday, 12 September 2001 12:00 AM

The flights would be conducted under stricter security and would carry only the original ticketed passengers.

Airlines would also be allowed to fly empty aircraft to other locations.

It was unclear whether the limited reopening of U.S. airspace would apply to the New York-area airports, FAA spokesman Paul Takemoto said Wednesday. He said the Washington-area airports expect to allow the diverted flights to operate after 6 p.m. EDT Wednesday.

LaGuardia, JFK and Newark, N.J., airports in the New York area and Dulles, Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington airports in the Washington area were ordered closed Tuesday after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York and on the Pentagon.

Mineta said the ban against other flights in U.S. airspace would continue indefinitely.

The Federal Aviation Administration's ban against commercial flights in U.S. airspace is known as a "national ground stop." The ban - the first such order ever imposed by the FAA -- was issued at 9:25 a.m. EDT Tuesday, after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

On a typical weekday, about 4,000 flights occur in the United States, according to the FAA. This includes commercial and commuter flights.

In related developments, the FAA announced new security standards for airlines and carriers, saying that they cannot resume operations until they meet these standards.

Under the stricter rules, curbside check-in of luggage for flights is forbidden.

Passengers will not be allowed to carry knives, scissors, razors and other objects with cutting edges onto aircraft. They will be permitted on flights if they are contained within checked-in baggage.

The FAA had originally said the national ground stop would hold until at least noon Wednesday.

It was not clear when the U.S. ban on all commercial flights would be lifted.

In addition to obeying the FAA orders, some airports are adopting their own plans for tighter security.

Officials at Logan International Airport in Boston announced several stricter security measures on Wednesday, saying the airport would stay closed until they had been carried out.

Two of Tuesday's hijacked aircraft had originated in Boston. Logan spokesman Michael Barr said he had no estimate on when Logan will reopen to commercial flights. He said canine teams will sweep all terminals, security checkpoints will be staffed with state uniformed police, and more frequent random identification checks will be conducted.

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