Biden admin eyes compelling airlines to help with evacuee transport

Biden admin eyes compelling airlines to help with evacuee transport
Afghans aboard U.S. aircraft (Image: U.S. Defense Department/Defense One)

[Ed. – Right.  Video is circulating on Twitter of military transport aircraft dropping flares as a defensive measure against gunfire, on takeoff from Kabul airport.  This is a situation we need to put undefended commercial aircraft in — packed with max passenger loads?]

The Biden administration could potentially compel US airlines to help with transporting tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees as the US military struggles to manage the influx of people following the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.

President Joe Biden is scheduled to speak about the ongoing evacuation in Afghanistan as well as the impact of Hurricane Henri at 4 p.m. ET Sunday, according to the White House.

To aid with transporting Afghan evacuees, the White House may invoke the Civil Reserve Air Fleet, which was created in 1952 to assist the military during emergencies following the post-World War II Berlin Airlift. The program could facilitate almost 20 commercial jets from five airlines to help transport evacuees from bases in the region, according to the official.

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