The FAA shut down air space surrounding Area 51 ahead of ‘Storm Area 51’ and Alienstock Festival

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The Federal Aviation Administration of America has officially shut down the surrounding airspace of Area 51 ahead of the viral ‘Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us’ facebook event which was scheduled to take place this Friday on September 20th.

The event was started online as a joke by Matty Roberts. Out of nowhere, the posting went viral with over millions of attendes which ultimately lead to a visit from the FBI and a warning to the public from the Air Force to stay away. ‘Storm Area 51’ soon turned into an actual outdoor festival called Alienstock, which was to be held near the vacinty but was cancelled last week as organisers anticipated a Fyre Fest-like disaster with hundreds of thousands of people possibly venturing into a remote area with no infrastructure.

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Alienstock is reportedly now planned as a music festival in Las Vegas and the original ‘Storm Area 51’ event is cancelled but there are still some concerns that some people may show up to Area 51 anyway, despite the warnings. Taking no chances, the Federal Aviation Administration posted two temporary flight restrictions (TFR) on Monday, creating an additional buffer surrounding an already heavily restricted airspace. The temporary TFR will close the airspace to news helicopters, drones, private pilots, and even emergency service flights from Wednesday, September 18 at 7 a.m. Pacific Time, to Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

Find out more about Alienstock Festival right here and view the flight restrictions here.

FAA temporary flight restriction over Area 51






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