American, United Airlines to Washington: Don’t Fly Migrant Children Separated from Their Families on Our Aircraft

By Paul Riegler on 20 June 2018
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DSC_0317American Airlines and United Airlines told the U.S. government on Wednesday that it should not transport migrant children separated from their families on their airlines.

The move follows multiple reports of such activity including an article in the Houston Chronicle on Tuesday by a flight attendant who worked two such flights. The crewmember cited two flights, one to San Antonio and one to McAllen, Texas, on which there were U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents accompanying children under the age of 12 who had been separated from their families and were being flown to a relocation site.

Although United said it had no evidence that any of these children had been flown on a United aircraft, it nonetheless asked the government to refrain in the future from using the airline to transport them.

“Based on our serious concerns about this policy and how it’s in deep conflict with our company’s values, we have contacted federal officials to inform them that they should not transport immigrant children on United aircraft who have been separated from their parents,” United Airlines said in a statement.

American took a similar stance.

“We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it,” American Airlines said in a statement.

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