IATA says travel ban “confused” airlines

President Trump’s Executive Order banning entry into the US by citizens of certain countries caused confusion and placed additional burdens on airlines without proper consultation, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).

IATA says it recognises that states have the right and duty to protect their citizens by enforcing their borders. Where this has implications for air travel, IATA works with its 265 member airlines to help them comply with these requirements efficiently and effectively. For example its Timatic global database for travel document requirements is updated constantly and used by airlines and travel agents around the world.

“These systems can only support the efficient implementation of any government’s directives by the global air transport industry with advance coordination as well as with detailed and consistent operational information,” IATA said in a statement.

“Entry requirements for the United States were changed significantly and immediately by an Executive Order (EO) issued 27 January 2017. The EO was issued without prior coordination or warning, causing confusion among both airlines and travelers. It also placed additional burdens on airlines to comply with unclear requirements, to bear implementation costs and to face potential penalties for non-compliance.”


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