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Russian Flights Barred From U.S. Airspace Except for Emergencies

  • President announced restriction during speech to Congress
  • Move is latest sanction following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
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Russian aircraft won’t be permitted to enter U.S. airspace after 9 p.m. Washington time on Wednesday under a flight ban President Joe Biden announced in his State of the Union address.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s official Special Security Instruction, posted on the agency’s website Wednesday, said it would make exceptions for approved diplomatic or humanitarian flights, and for aircraft with in-flight emergencies.