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U.S. Restricts Airspace Over New Year Celebrations

The skies above New Year’s Eve revelers in New York, Las Vegas and some other U.S. cities will be off-limits to certain aircraft and patrolled by warplanes as part of increased vigilance for terror attacks, the Department of Homeland Security said on Tuesday. Nine days after raising the nation’s terror alert to its second highest level due to heightened fear of attack, the government said temporary flight restrictions, or TFRs, would be in place over Las Vegas, New York City, Washington and downtown Chicago. “We granted requests for TFRs … over (some) areas for New Year’s Eve,” department spokeswoman Rachael Sunbarger said. The temporary flight restrictions, which apply to chartered flights and smaller leisure aircraft, but not to commercial flights, pertain to Las Vegas and New York City specifically during the New Year’s holiday. New York City’s Times Square and the Strip in Las Vegas are two of the more popular sites for New Year’s Eve celebrations, as hundreds of thousands of people cram into the area to ring in the New Year. Full Story

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