US shuts down three airports amid China balloon controversy: officials

Departures, arrivals have been paused because of a 'national security effort'

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Photo: AP

By Agencies

Published: Sat 4 Feb 2023, 11:09 PM

Last updated: Sat 4 Feb 2023, 11:15 PM

The US Federal Aviation Administration said it paused departures and arrivals at three airports including Myrtle Beach International Airport in South Carolina on Saturday because of a "national security effort."

The action occurred amid reports that a Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon, which has been flying across the country in what Washington calls a "clear violation" of US sovereignty, was in the area.


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