Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Royal Air Maroc and the Trump Ban

The controversial decree signed by Donald Trump, prohibiting the access to US territory of the nationals of 7 Muslim countries is having repercussions in Morocco for national airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM)

RAM reports that it has received no formal notification of the presidential decision and remains in what the company describes as a "total blur" as to the procedures to follow.

However, the airline authorities have opted for caution in order to prevent passengers from being stopped at the US border. RAM is awaiting clarification from US Civil Aviation and IATA, the International Air Transport Association.

To avoid any inconvenience to passengers without a document issued by the American Embassy or consular authorities authorising travel, RAM will prohibit them access to flights from Casablanca to New York and Casablanca to Washington.

This decision by Royal Air Maroc is not an isolated case: the majority of airlines serving the United States also aligned themselves with this choice.

President Trump's decree is being labelled "anti-Muslim" by the Moroccan media.

At the same time, the media is reporting what it describes as an "encouraging choice by Starbucks and Airbnb".

The online news site http://lesinfos.ma/ writes ... "If air carriers are cautious, other companies clearly show their opposition to this shameful decree. At the head of the line: Airbnb and Starbucks. The Starbucks coffee chain will recruit 10,000 refugees in the next five years, said its CEO Howard Schultz on Sunday. These are people who have fled wars, persecution and discrimination in the 75 countries where the American group is present.

CEO Howard Schultz 

In the United States, Starbucks will start by recruiting refugees who have worked for the US military, such as interpreters.

Mr Schultz, points out that Starbucks is in contact with employees affected by the presidential decree that has imposed severe restrictions on access to US territory and "extreme checks" against nationals Of seven Muslim countries (Syria, Libya, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen).

"We live in an unprecedented period, a time when ... the promise of the American dream is being challenged," he says

And Airbnb has stepped up with offers of free accommodation for those affected, refugees as travellers stranded at airports by these restrictions.

"Airbnb provides free accommodation for refugees and anyone who is banned from entering the United States," said CEO Brian Chesky on Twitter, pledging additional ads. "Contact me if you need accommodation," he concludes. The group plans to use its natural disaster program, which provides for hosts to provide housing for displaced persons.

The online accommodation rental platform, of which about 80% of the accommodation offers are outside the United States, is also considering specific emergency measures if there are no hosts close to where a person struck by the anti-immigration decree is stuck.


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