NEW YORK — On Monday, President Donald Trump announced that the Federal Aviation Administration will begin rolling out a new policy that will allow military aircraft to operate on international airspace over the US.
“We are announcing today that the FAA will now begin to allow commercial aircraft to fly on US airspace,” Trump said in a statement.
The FAA is planning to begin rolling back the restrictions in the coming days, which are part of the Trump Administration’s effort to expand the use of military aircraft. “
We are pleased to have the Federal Government of the United States leading this important initiative.”
The FAA is planning to begin rolling back the restrictions in the coming days, which are part of the Trump Administration’s effort to expand the use of military aircraft.
In a memo sent to all air traffic controllers, the FAA outlined the changes: “By allowing commercial aircraft into US airspace, the Federal government will ensure the safety of our national security and commerce while maintaining a level playing field for all air carriers and our economy.
The change is being announced as part of our ongoing efforts to reduce risk to our nation’s aviation infrastructure and to combat the spread of infectious diseases.”
It is unclear how many aircraft will be allowed to fly under the new policy.
However, the Trump White House has said it will allow commercial flights as long as they are “essential” for national security.
On Monday, the White House also issued a memo on the change, saying that the “new rule will help ensure the safe and secure transportation of all aircraft within the United State, and ensure that the military aviation community is able to safely manage air traffic control for its own missions and operations.”
“Our commitment to military aviation is clear,” Trump wrote in the memo.
It remains to be seen how the Trump Presidency will enforce this new rule.
But the Trump transition team has promised that the new “no-Fly” policy will allow “American airmen to fly the skies of the US and protect our national airspace from foreign threats, without fear of retribution.”
In an op-ed piece for The Hill, Trump supporter and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said the “no fly” policy is a “major win” for Trump.
Trump is set to nominate Giuliani to be Secretary of the Treasury.
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