Capping off a tumultuous first week in office, President Donald Trump issued an executive order on Friday that — without warning –Â closed America’s gates to immigrants, refugees, and visitorsÂ from sevenÂ Muslim-majority countries. The order invited swift reactions across the U.S. and around the world. It also threw the aviation world into disarray. Individuals wereÂ held at airports without access to legal counsel, and airlines struggled to understand the executive order’s harsh ramifications. Airline crews even had to be adjusted in some cases.
AirlineReporter usually doesn’t venture too far into the world of politics, but given that this executive order has huge implicationsÂ for air travelers around the world, we wanted toÂ share some thoughts. Read on for an overview of theÂ new policy, its impact on travelersÂ over the weekend and beyond, and what we think it means for the spiritÂ of air travel. (Spoiler alert: it’s not looking good)