Nothing but the most choreographed, stage-managed best for Queen Hillary of Rodham.
Federal officials today took the rare step of creating a “no-fly zone” around the site of Hillary Clinton’s campaign kickoff rally in New York City on Saturday.
The Federal Aviation Administration established the protective zone in the form of a so-called “Notice to Airmen” announcing that a section along Manhattan’s East Side will be temporarily transformed into “national defense airspace.”
The FAA website lists the reason as “Temporary flight restrictions for VIP Movement” and cites the federal law that the FAA employs to ban flights over events attended by the president, vice president or other key dignitaries.
“The United States government may use deadly force against the airborne aircraft if it is determined that the aircraft poses an imminent security threat,” according to the notice.
Clinton’s rally — planned as the largest event of her presidential campaign so far — will take place on Roosevelt Island, a narrow sliver of land in the East River located between Manhattan and Queens.
“This is highly unusual,” a spokesman for the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, told ABC News. The “no fly zones,” also known as “Temporary Flight Restrictions” are issued about 1,000 times a year, according to the association. But they usually are not issued for candidates for president.
In a statement to ABC News, the United State Secret Service said it “establishes temporary flight restrictions in advance of protective visits” but did not elaborate.
The Clinton campaign did not respond to a request for comment nor did a spokesman for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
We’re about to overdose on the transparency.