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Safety fears Aer Lingus staff travelling to US warned of security threat on election day

They have also warned staff that curfews and restrictions could be imposed by city and state authorities in the US if there are outbreaks of violence.

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US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Kenosha Regional Airport (Evan Vucci/AP)

US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Kenosha Regional Airport (Evan Vucci/AP)

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US President Donald Trump arrives for a campaign rally at Kenosha Regional Airport (Evan Vucci/AP)

Aer Lingus have told staff travelling to the US that security at their hotels will be increased in anticipation of possible outbreaks of violence after tonight’s US President election results.

Staff at the Irish airline have been told that, as well as increased security at their accommodation, contingency plans have been put in place to move them to new hotels if where they are staying becomes unsafe. They have also warned staff that curfews and restrictions could be imposed by city and state authorities in the US if there are outbreaks of violence.

Americans are going to polls today to decide whether controversial President Donald Trump will have four more years running the country or challenger Joe Biden will move into the White House.

Millions of Americans have already voted by post this year due to the outbreak of Covid-19 which has claimed more than 230,000 lives in the US under Trump’s leadership.

Biden is currently leading the polls and Trump has publicly stated on numerous occasions that he might not accept the result of the election of he loses.

He has also made a number of false claims calling into question the credibility of postal voting.

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Donald Trump and Joe Biden (Patrick Semansky/AP)

Trump, who is extremely popular with violent white supremacist groups, recently told one such group the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” leading to fears they could read that as a message to take to the streets if Trump loses.

He has also warned of "violence in the streets" after the US Supreme Court decided to allow mail in ballots to be counted up to three days after the election.

As a result of the current tensions in America, Aer Lingus wrote to staff in recent days to say increased security measures would be in place for staff travelling to the US in anticipation of any trouble following the election result.

“With the US President Election results due to be announce we have reviewed our hotel security in anticipation of possible protests in city centre locations,” Aer Lingus told staff.

“All of our current hotel suppliers have plans to increase their normal security measures. We have also made contingency plans to temporarily move you to a suitable hotel should it become necessary.”

The letter went on to say: “If you are operating a flight to any of the US destinations this week we ask that you follow the instructions of the hotel security personnel and abide by any curfews/restrictions imposed by the local city/state authorities.”

Staff were also issued with guidance on safety and security.

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