FAA Closes Airspace Near Chelsea Clinton's Wedding

Photo: Patrick McMullan

The paparazzi will have their work cut out for them Saturday, as the Federal Aviation Administration announced late Wednesday that it will be enforcing a temporary ban on flights near Chelsea Clinton’s Rhinebeck wedding. The agency has outlawed any flights in the area from 3 p.m. on Saturday until 3:30 a.m. on Sunday. The ban, implemented at the request of the Secret Service, wasn’t made just to annoy tabloid editors: That was solely a fringe benefit.

The FAA announcement lists "Temporary flight restrictions for VIP (Very Important Person) Movement" as the cause of the no-fly zone. Given the star-studded guest list, that might be an understatement. The ban is in effect for a 1.5 nautical mile radius, up to 2,000 feet.

The no-flight restrictions seem to confirm the wedding's location at the Astor Estate: The center of the no-fly radius, according to the latitude / longitude provided by the FAA, is at 8 Carmel Drive, Rheinbeck, NY, just down the road from the sprawling Astor grounds.

Reports that the National Enquirer was attempting to obtain a high-altitude Predator drone could not be confirmed.

[The Caucus/NYT]