The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued Santa Claus and his sleigh special commercial flight permissions to visit the International Space Station.
Father Christmas can now enjoy “special operating authority to engage in interstate air-cargo-delivery services directly to rooftops throughout the United States on Christmas Eve,” the FAA’s statement reads.
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Claus will reportedly be using his “StarSleigh-1 space capsule powered by the Rudolph Rocket,” according to the FAA.
“We are pleased to help Santa safely navigate through the National Airspace System to bring his unique and universal brand of good will and joy to children and adults of all ages — even to those orbiting the Earth,” FAA Administrator Steve Dickson said. “Let’s face it, 2020 was a difficult year and we all could use some special holiday cheer that only Santa can deliver.”
Luckily, Claus has agreed to fly while wearing “a mask to set a good example for everyone who is traveling by air this holiday season.”
The news comes after the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, Anthony Fauci, reassured children everywhere that he had already vaccinated Santa Claus.
“I took care of that for you, because I was worried that you’d all be upset,” Fauci said during a CNN-Sesame Street town hall over the weekend.
“I measured his level of immunity, and he is good to go,” Fauci added. “He can come down the chimney, he can leave the presents, he can leave, and you have nothing to worry about.”
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