Is Vice President Pence back in Vermont for Labor Day? Sure looks like it.

It looks like Vice President Mike Pence is spending Labor Day weekend in Vermont once again.

Among the clues pointing to Pence visiting the Green Mountain State, the Federal Aviation Administration this week issued temporary flight restrictions for parts of Rutland County from Sept. 4-6 for VIP movement in the area — the same type of notices the FAA has issued for Pence’s travel in recent days.

As of Friday, the VP’s press office had yet to confirm his movements for the weekend. But Pence vacationed at Lake Hortonia, which straddles the border between Hubbardton and Sudbury, each of the last two years and the FAA has placed a no-fly designation over the same area from Friday through Sunday.

WCAX-TV reported that Air Force Two indeed touched down at Rutland Southern Vermont Regional Airport on Friday afternoon. The VP left the airfield via motorcade.

Air Force Two sits on the tarmac outside the Vermont National Guard hangar at the Burlington airport on Aug. 31 2018. Vice President Mike Pence landed shortly after 1:30 Friday afternoon, reportedly to spend the holiday weekend in Vermont.

Similar VIP-related restrictions are also in place for a period of time Sunday at the Rutland Airport.

The FAA only issues temporary flight restrictions for VIP travel when it involves the president and vice president, according to the National Business Aviation Association. Presidential restrictions are the most strict and apply to an area 60 miles wide; restrictions related to the vice president are enacted over 6-mile-wide swath.

An Air Mobility Command aircraft arrived Thursday morning at Burlington International Airport from Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, according to the flight-tracking website Flight Aware. The base is home to the 89th Airlift Wing, which supports travel by the president and vice president, among other senior government and military leaders.

Vermont State Police declined to confirm if it had been contacted about a visit from the VP. VSP spokesman Adam Silverman said the organization “does not comment on the visits of any dignitaries to the state, including and especially related to security.”

Pence’s first Vermont weekend, in 2018, cost the state roughly $106,000 in public safety-related costs, according to VTDigger. The visits required larger-than-normal police presence in the quiet corner of Rutland and Addison counties.

On previous trips to Vermont, the vice president has been seen on the lake, getting creemees at the local ice cream shop and visiting the President Calvin Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, according to media reports.

2018:Vice President Mike Pence lands in Burlington for Vermont visit

2019:Vice President Mike Pence flies into Vermont for vacation

Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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