The Bush administration overturned a Pentagon plan to restrict foreign flights in New York and Washington on Sept. 11 after concluding it would break international agreements, officials said yesterday.
The ban would have prevented foreign-owned airlines from flying over, into or out of the New York area, including all three of its international airports, for 10 hours on the anniversary of the terrorist attacks. The three Washington-area airports would have been closed to overseas airlines for 2 1/2 hours. The restrictions would have also covered Shanksville, Pa., where a hijacked plane crashed on the day of the attacks. Full Story