FAA Halts All Private Los Angeles Air Traffic To Make Space For Obama: Dude, Who Do You Think You Are?
Take your time, it's no big deal
Los Angeles drivers aren't the only ones being screwed over by President Obama this Friday afternoon.
The president's journey to the USC campus will also be cushioned by a blockade of air traffic within eight miles of LAX and downtown Los Angeles -- and within 10 miles of Burbank Airport -- from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Federal Aviation Association told the Wrap that it has placed a Temporary Flight Restriction on all Los Angeles airspace, and that "only law enforcement aircraft and air ambulance aircraft" will be permitted through at certain times.
However, LAX spokesperson Albert Rodriguez clarifies that the restrictions only apply to "pilots who don't have a flight plan logged with the FAA." In other words, all commercial airlines will be fine -- just don't think about taking your private jet for a spin until all signs of Obama are off the horizon.
The police-enforced red carpet will cause a more catastrophic jam on ground-level: LAPD advises that the entire downtown area will be shut down from 9:30 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. For a full list of closed streets, see the Weekly's closure report.
The president is in town to rally support for Senate incumbent hopeful Barbara Boxer. The event at USC is expected to draw a crowd of over 30,000, and will be supplemented by performances from Ozomatli and Jamie Foxx.
Update: Though there have been rumors that Obama's Univision interview in Glendale at 3:30 p.m. will cause another catastrophic T-jam, an LAPD spokesman confirmed (without actually confirming) that the prez will be traveling by air from here on out.
"There's not going to be any impact to the motoring public once he leaves USC," he said.
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