Japan's two major air carriers decided Monday to bar in principle people from seven Muslim-majority countries from taking flights from Japan to the United States following President Donald Trump's entry ban, officials of the companies said.
"We ask for early clarity from the USA administration on the current situation", the International Air Transport Association (IATA) said in a statement.
Trump issued a January 27 executive order banning nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States for 90 days.
American Airlines passenger are helped at the ticket counter at Miami International Airport on April 16, 2013 in Miami, Florida. "Moreover, we urge all governments to provide sufficient advance coordination of changes in entry requirements so that travelers can clearly understand them and airlines can efficiently implement them".
A major point of confusion stems from interpreting how the order applies to lawful permanent residents of the U.S., or "green card" holders, with passports from the seven countries.
American, the world's largest airline, says it's helping people with re-booking options. Emirates, the largest airline based in the Middle East, said that only "a very small number of our passengers traveling were affected by the new US immigration entry requirements".
The annual music/film/tech confab, which begins March 10 in Austin, said in a statement late Sunday that it stands against discrimination and is looking into how the travel ban could affect participants of this year's event in Austin.
Emirates is offering rebookings and refunds to passengers holding passports from the seven affected nations. 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.
Protests of the travel ban broke out at a number of worldwide airports across the US.