American Airlines CEO Doug Parker Says ‘divisive' Travel Ban to Blame for Weekend Chaos

The head of American Airlines, the world's largest airline, says weekend airport chaos stemmed from a "divisive" U.S. travel ban on seven mostly Muslim countries, countering President Donald Trump's effort to fault protesters and a Delta Air Lines Inc. computer failure."Crews, reservations agents and airport teams have witnessed turmoil in our airports that shows how divisive this order can be," Doug Parker, chief executive officer of American Airlines Group Inc., said in a letter to employees. "It is the current law of the U.S., and so long as that is the case, we must comply."Parker's counterpart at United Continental Holdings Inc., Oscar Munoz, said demonstrations in response to Trump's order were "peaceful and did not affect our operations." Neither he nor Parker mentioned the Delta disruption, which started two full days after Trump temporarily blocked visitors from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia and Libya. The edict also shut U.S. borders to refugees.  Continue reading...

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