Donald Trump’s sudden travel ban on the people of seven countries has sent the world’s airlines into a tailspin as it also applies to pilots and cabin crew.
Mr Trump, the President of the United States, imposed a 90-day ban on people holding the passport of seven countries from travelling to the USA. The ban also applies to people holding dual citizenships with one of those blacklisted countries.
The seven countries in the list are Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. So, the pilots and cabin crew who are either citizens or holding a dual citizenship with any of these countries cannot enter the U.S. within this period.
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So, the airlines that have pilots or cabin crew falling under such criteria in the flights to the U.S. are struggling to swap roasters. According to News.com, at least one Australian carrier is trying to find out whether the ban affects any of their staff.
A Dubai-based airline, Emirates, has to change the pilots and cabin crew on their daily flights to 11 American cities. A spokeswoman for the airline told Reuters that their U.S.-bound flights would go on as scheduled as they had already made adjustments required after latest developments.
On Saturday, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) wrote an email to the airline carriers saying that the sudden imposition of the ban caught them off guard and made their response slower than expected.
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The travel ban means a slump in business for the airlines because a substantial number of travellers from the listed countries visit the U.S. every year. According to the Department of Homeland Security, almost 35,000 people from Iran visited the U.S. in 2015.
Lots of travellers from the U.S. also visit Iran every year. Iran responded to the ban by threatening the possibility of imposing a temporary ban on U.S. travellers visiting the country.