July 29th, 2010
12:54 PM ET
4 years ago

Air-traffic restricted for Chelsea Clinton's wedding

The FAA has instituted a no-fly zone (indicated by the red circle, above) over the site of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.
The FAA has instituted a no-fly zone (indicated by the red circle, above) over the site of Chelsea Clinton’s wedding.

Washington (CNN) - Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky will exchange vows under a sky free of low-flying air traffic, courtesy of the Federal Aviation Administration.

At the request of the U.S. Secret Service, the FAA is restricting air traffic Saturday evening within 1.5 miles of Rhinebeck, New York, the expected site of the much-anticipated wedding. Air traffic over 2,000 feet - including all commercial flights - will not be interrupted.

The Secret Service requested the flight restrictions for security reasons only, the FAA said. In this instance, the notice says it is for "VIP movements."

It is common for the FAA to grant temporary flight restrictions - or TFRs - to increase security where government VIPs are moving or gathering. The number of security-related TFRs has jumped since the 2001 terrorist attacks.

And while the guest list for the Clinton-Mezvinsky wedding has not been announced, at least two prominent participants will clearly be in attendance - Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton.
The restrictions on low-level flights will last from 3 p.m. Saturday until 3:30 a.m. Sunday.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Michael from Ventura

    I hope the wedding turns out perfectly and that the media doesn't make the day a circus.

    July 29, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  2. Tam

    Perfectly logical and normal. Imagine all the helicopters and small planes hired by the tabloids, etc. flying all over. Not right, and dangerous.

    July 29, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  3. Pkm

    I hope you not change and stay as a sweet and nice young woman

    July 29, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  4. Ron in california

    It's OK my helicopter is in the shop.

    July 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  5. Diane

    For Pete sake, enough is enough! I bet that town will be glad when that horse & pony show is over with!

    July 29, 2010 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. Linda

    No one can argue with that decision.

    I hope it's a beautiful day for Chelsea and Marc.

    July 29, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  7. Mike Deville

    The ruling class?

    July 29, 2010 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  8. Mahealani

    Congratulations Chelsea & Marc. I 'm sure your parents are very proud of you.

    July 29, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  9. Cynthia

    Who cares about her????????? I hate these special privileged people. They want the world to stop for them and have everyone watch. We might as well be like England, because there really is an elitist class here (Republican and Democrat).

    July 29, 2010 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Good the papparazzi and Republican extremists that perpetually hate the Clintons need to back-off and not try to be flying a million helicopters overhead.

    July 29, 2010 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  11. Arriba-USA-Arriba

    The hypocrisy of the liberals: Chelsea’s wedding $2M vs. Jenna Bush wedding $100,000

    July 29, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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