Trump's 'Muslim ban' forces airlines to switch staff on US-bound flights

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"The EO was issued without prior coordination or warning, causing confusion among both airlines and travellers". Similarly, Abu Dhabi's flagship airline, Etihad Airways has "offered changes or refunds and rebooked passengers" affected by the ban, according to a spokesperson.

A British Airways spokesperson told Telegraph Travel that its staffing "has not been affected by [the ban] as all of our staff must have permission to work in the United Kingdom so will have dual United Kingdom nationality or an European Union passport".

A major point of confusion stems from interpreting how the order applies to lawful permanent residents of the United States, or "green card" holders, with passports from the seven countries. Analysts related to the industry are of the opinion that airlines operating flights to and from United States might face business loss as a result of recently announced policy.

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Indeed, Emirates has grown into one of the largest airlines in the world with 23,000 employees. British Airways, for example, said Monday that it is offering affected customers a refund for their planned travels to the U.S. Lufthansa is doing the same. To date, no Emirates crew has been affected by the change.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said during a House of Councillors Budget Committee session that he is in "no position to comment" on Trump's entry ban, but the "international community should work together to deal with refugees". But a second spokesperson later told Reuters changes have been minimal so far. San Francisco International Airport said in a statement that it has "requested a full briefing [on the travel ban] from [US Customs and Border Protection, an agency within DHS] to ensure our customers remain the top priority".