Major Airlines Refuse to Transport Immigrant Children for Government

National News – American, Frontier, Southwest and United airlines each refused to fly immigrant children separated from their parents for the federal government. As they each said the policy runs counter to their corporate goals of connecting people.

“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,” said United CEO Oscar Munoz. “This policy and its impact on thousands of children is in deep conflict with that mission and we want no part of it.”

American also issued a statement that the separation policy is not aligned with the airline’s values. “We have no desire to be associated with separating families, or worse, to profit from it. We have every expectation the government will comply with our request and we thank them for doing so,” the statement said. “

Frontier stated its opposition to transporting immigrant children separated from their parents in a tweet: “Frontier prides itself on being a family airline and we will not knowingly allow our flights to be used to transport migrant children away from their families.”

Southwest issued a statement saying the airline “did not wish to have involvement in the process of separating children from their parents. Therefore, we appeal to anyone making those types of travel decisions not to utilize Southwest Airlines.”

Delta Air Lines issued a statement after the order was signed calling family separations “disheartening,” but without detailing the carrier’s position on transporting children separated from their parents. “Recent reports of families being separated are disheartening and do not align with Delta’s core values,” the statement said. We applaud the administration’s executive order resolving the issue of separating children from their families at the U.S. border.”

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