With Santa taking flight in less than two weeks the North Pole State Department continues to work with various governments to allow Santa access across borders.
North Pole Flight Command coordinates with governments, military units and airports to arrange for Santa to fly over sovereign airspace. Santa’s flight is known well in advance and has traditionally never run into problems flying every Christmas Eve, yet the State Department works to take care of permitting issues and to work out communication procedures just so there is no confusion come flight time.
The world is in an “agitated state” these days, according to Elf Francisco Doyle, a spokesperson for the State Department. “We don’t want any surprises. We tell them Santa’s plan for their country and ask permission long before Santa flies.”
While the State Department will not give specific details, they say they still have about a dozen countries to get final clearance from so that Santa can fly there.
They do not anticipate any problems getting that clearance.