FAA Shuts Down Airspace Near Atlantic
United States officials are considering shooting down the Chinese spy balloon once it crosses over the Atlantic, according to reports.
A senior U.S. official told Fox News about the plan on Saturday after ABC News reported on Friday that a similar plan was being considered.
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The FAA issued a ground stop and airpsace clearance for parts of North Carolina and South Carolina and operations at Charleston, Myrtle Beach, and Wilmington were paused for “national security initiatives” just after 1 p.m. on Saturday.
🚨 The FAA says it has closed the airspace over parts of North and South Carolina until 2:45pm Eastern. The Chinese surveillance balloon is currently drifting over North Carolina. pic.twitter.com/3bqKZjftSj— Vivian Salama (@vmsalama) February 4, 2023
President Joe Biden told reporters on Saturday the government would “take care” of the balloon, which reportedly entered U.S. airspace on Tuesday but wasn’t confirmed by officials until Thursday evening.
The craft, which China has insisted is a weather monitoring device that has been blown off course, is believed to have made its way over the Aleutian Islands in Alaska and through Canadian air space before entering the continental United States.
Pentagon officials denied China’s claims the balloon was a meteorological device, saying they “know that it’s a surveillance balloon.”
“And I’m not going to be able to be more specific than that,” Department of Defense spokesman Brig. Gen. Patrick Ryder told reporters on Friday. “We d …