Fact Check: Washington, D.C., Commercial Flights Were NOT Canceled on October 11, 2021

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Washington, D.C., Commercial Flights Were NOT Canceled on October 11, 2021 Not Supported

Were all commercial flights to and from Washington, D.C., canceled on October 11, 2021? No, that's not true: There is no evidence that happened. Flights still were moving as planned in the morning and early afternoon on October 11, according to the Reagan International Airport arrival and departure page, as well as the Dulles International Airport arrival and departure page on their respective websites.

The story appeared in an extremely short blog post published by conspiracy theorist Simon Parkes on October 10, 2021, titled "Washington Commercial Flights Cancelled." (archived here) which read:

All commercial flights cancelled in / out of Washington DC Monday 11th

Users on social media only saw this title, description and thumbnail:

Washington Commercial Flights Cancelled.

This is what the blog post looked like at the time of writing:

Screen Shot 2021-10-11 at 11.20.56 AM.png

(Source: Simonparkes.org screenshot taken on Mon Oct 11 3:28:26 2021 UTC)

The Reagan airport and Dulles airport websites showed departures and arrivals for October 11, 2021, contrary to the post.

Screen Shot 2021-10-11 at 11.47.54 AM.png

(Source: Flyreagan.com screenshot taken on Mon Oct 11 3:47:11 2021 UTC)

Screen Shot 2021-10-11 at 11.48.54 AM.png

(Source: Flydulles.com screenshot taken on Mon Oct 11 3:47:11 2021 UTC)

Here is also a link to the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) Exchange website. The ADS-B website is "the world's largest public source of unfiltered flight data" according to its home page. On October 11, 2021, flights in and out of Washington, D.C., could be seen on ADS-B's system.

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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