Hmmm…Are New Yorkers more on edge, given all of the additional obvious security measures being taken to protect our President-elect?
The restriction around Trump Tower bans aircraft from flying below 3,000 feet within two nautical miles of the building, mostly affecting aircraft flying in and out of La Guardia, though it shouldn’t significantly impact flights. The Indianapolis restriction is only within one mile of the VP-elect’s Indiana home, and applies up to 1500 feet.
It applies to all aircraft, except military aircraft supporting United States Secret Service operations; law enforcement, firefighting, or medevac flights on active missions, or aircraft operating with in-flight emergencies.
A military plane circled low over Manhattan for several minutes on Tuesday afternoon, and initially, nobody seemed to know why.
Here is a summary of some of the reports about it:
According to Buzzfeed deputy news director Tom Namako, the NYPD could not account for the military aircraft flying low over the city. –Mediaite
A video of the plane that's been circling Manhattan pic.twitter.com/Bsj5ANEeW1
— Alp Ozcelik (@alplicable) December 13, 2016
Huffington Post social media editor Ethan Klapper has identified the aircraft as an HC-130N, which belongs to the New York National Guard.
88-2102, the HC-130N over Manhattan, belongs to the New York Air National Guard https://t.co/fJZnbP2KWC
— Ethan Klapper (@ethanklapper) December 13, 2016
And here’s some further clarification from aviation expert Jason Rabinowitz:
The C-130 belongs to the 102nd Rescue Squadron of the New York Air National Guard.
Not normal activity, but it has already departed NYC. https://t.co/y2Jl5lSQAz
— Jason Rabinowitz (@AirlineFlyer) December 13, 2016
People were perplexed as the aircraft circled the sky:
This plane that's been circling over manhattan is starting to freak me out. pic.twitter.com/L1EcBYOgpr
— jon rubino (@OkFineItsMe) December 13, 2016
I can't be the only person who just saw a low flying plane make a sharp right turn over Queens back to manhattan
— Emily (@WhatLikeItsHard) December 13, 2016
Giant military plane circling (and circling) midtown Manhattan right now. Not weird at all, right? Yeah?
— Laura Motta (@guttersniper) December 13, 2016
There's a plane circling above Manhattan. What's going on?
— Raymond Wong???????????? (@raywongy) December 13, 2016
— Darth Spader (@mrspader) December 13, 2016
Here is the latest update:
update from FAA pic.twitter.com/ABMxzSRZmD
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) December 13, 2016