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FAA: Trump Tower in New York Now a No-Fly Zone

FAA: Trump Tower in New York Now a No-Fly Zone

Trump Tower stands along 5th Avenue in Manhattan. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 10 November 2016 02:07 PM

The FAA has declared Trump Tower in Manhattan a no-fly zone, a rule that will stand through Inauguration Day.

The no-fly zone takes effect immediately and will not be lifted until the day after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn into the White House as the country’s 45th president, ABC News reported.

According to USA Today, the Federal Aviation Administration initiated the no-fly as a security precaution, coded as "VIP movement." Similar precautions are reportedly in place over Vice President-elect Mike Pence's residence in Indianapolis. 

 

"Both orders expire Jan. 21, the day after the inauguration," USA Today reported. "In New York, the directive bars flights below 3,000 feet in midtown Manhattan, mostly in relation to flights out of LaGuardia airport. Military aircraft, the Secret Service, and emergency aircraft are exempt. For Pence, the restriction covers flights below 1,500 feet. Both orders also cover drones."

These restrictions don’t come as a surprise. This is routine procedure for presidents and former presidents who live in or reside outside of the White House.

In fact, former President George W. Bush is under a similar restriction, which prohibits aircrafts from flying over his Texas ranch, USA Today noted. There are also temporary restrictions put in place for important public figures who might be traveling to a specific location, like when Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in 2015.

Security surrounding Trump Tower, where the president-elect works and lives with his family, is likely to be stepped up, especially after thousands of protestors surrounded the skyscraper Wednesday night to protest the billionaire businessman's victory.

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