FAA issues flight restrictions for Wilmington as election results loom

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday issued a flight advisory for Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenCDC chief clarifies vaccine comments: 'There will be no nationwide mandate' Overnight Defense: First group of Afghan evacuees arrives in Virginia | Biden signs Capitol security funding bill, reimbursing Guard | Pentagon raises health protection level weeks after lowering it Biden urges local governments to stave off evictions MORE's hometown of Wilmington, Del., directing private aircraft pilots to observe a no-fly zone around the former vice president's home as he moves closer to securing an election victory.

A flight advisory from the agency urges all pilots not departing or arriving from nearby New Castle Airport or taking part in emergency missions to avoid the area unless otherwise approved by officials.

Drone operators were also warned as part of the advisory that unauthorized flights in the area could result in damage or destruction of their property.


FAA officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment on how the agency decides when to issue such advisories.

Biden appears to be on the verge of becoming the next president after victories in Michigan and Wisconsin on Wednesday put him on the precipice of the number of electoral votes needed to win the presidency. Officials in several states are still counting votes, and a number of major battleground states remain uncalled.

The FAA frequently implements no-fly zones around major political events, including the 2017 inauguration of President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE as well as the 2016 Republican and Democratic conventions.