Various flights to detour in W. Va. for security screening during G-20 – Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Noncommercial and charter flights to airports within 12 nautical miles of Pittsburgh will land first in Clarkburg, W.Va., for security screening during the G-20, officials said.

The Federal Aviation Administration issued an advisory saying the meeting of international economic leaders Downtown will require declaring the area around Pittsburgh a “national defense airspace” subject to restrictions by the FAA and Secret Service.

“That’s the norm for a presidential visit,” said Stephanie Saracco, chief operating officer of the Allegheny County Airport Authority.

The advisory warns “noncompliance with the published (notice) may result in the use of force.”

Charter and private flights headed to Pittsburgh International Airport, Allegheny County Airport, Finleyville Airport or Pittsburgh-Monroeville Airport will land at the North Central West Virginia Airport for security screening, said FAA spokeswoman Arlene Salac. Charter flights leaving or arriving at those four airports must apply for waivers at least 96 hours beforehand.