Legacy carriers American Airlines and United Airlines have both released statements condemning the government policy of separating the children of immigrants from their parents, asking the government not to place children aboard their flights for these purposes.
The full statement from American Airlines is as follows:
“The family separation process that has been widely publicized is not at all aligned with the values of American Airlines – we bring families together, not apart. American, like many U.S. airlines, provides travel to the federal government through contracts; however, the government does not disclose information about the nature of the flights it takes or the passengers who are traveling. While we have carried refugees for non-profits and the government, many of whom are being reunited with family or friends, we have no knowledge that the federal government has used American to transport children who have been separated from their parents due to the recent immigration policy, but we would be extremely disappointed to learn that is the case.”
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