By Michael T. Leggett | Politico | July 15, 2019 11:51pm EDTThe airline that has been the face of the Trump era has been forced to clarify the name of its burger, as its corporate board faces criticism over its role in the travel ban.
Airlines that have received travel bans from President Donald Trump since January 5 have been forced into an awkward situation: To fly the new president’s agenda or not.
Aer Lingus, which flies the president’s orders and other policy initiatives, is the only one that has made it clear that its burgers are not a part of the ban, despite having been one of the first airlines to issue a ban.
It is also one of only two airlines to not fly Trump’s executive order, which imposes a temporary ban on immigration from six Muslim-majority countries.
A majority of American airlines have refused to fly the president, but the issue was a major point of contention when Trump took office.
Since then, some airlines have apologized for not flying the ban in the first place.
And the ban has caused controversy for the airlines and passengers who have endured its travel restrictions, including those who were banned from traveling for months and those who waited in long lines at airports.
Now, however, ALCI is taking the rare step of confirming its burgers do not come from the ban.
The move came as the carrier was preparing to announce that it would not fly the order in the coming weeks.
Airlines have had a difficult time getting Trump to back off, and many airlines have tried to explain away the ban as a mistake.
But with airlines now being forced to answer questions from the public about their role in Trump’s travel ban, AUL was forced to address the confusion over its burgers.
“Aer is fully committed to serving the American people, and the American business community, in a way that respects all Americans, regardless of religion, creed, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age,” the airline said in a statement.
However, the company’s corporate board did not agree.
In an email to employees, the board said the decision was “in the best interest of all concerned.”
“While we have been fully supportive of the American businesses impacted by this executive order and the executive order’s impact on our business, we have found that there is not a consensus among our corporate leadership, including AUL, as to how we should proceed in the future,” the board wrote.
The board’s statement, which was released on Tuesday, said that AUL has been open to dialogue with the administration about its relationship with the ban but that it “did not agree” with its corporate governance board’s stance.
In the email, the airline also acknowledged that the burgers were the subject of a review by a separate ethics watchdog group, but that no action had been taken in the past three weeks.AOL, the parent company of AOL, has faced a number of criticism from the president and the airline industry over its relationship to Trump.
AOL is also facing questions about whether it broke any rules by flying the order.
A spokeswoman for the Federal Trade Commission said she could not comment on whether the agency was looking into the airline’s ethics.
In a statement to The Associated Press, AOL said that while it is “deeply disappointed in this outcome,” the company is “committed to serving American consumers and businesses in a manner that respects the First Amendment.”
“We will continue to work with Congress, the Trump administration and the public to ensure that our actions reflect the values of our company and the people we serve,” the statement said.
Airlos that have refused the banThe first airline to not allow the burgers to be flown, American Airlines, said it would continue flying the executive orders.
It is the second airline that did not issue a statement Tuesday after AUL.
A JetBlue spokeswoman, Bethany Marder, said in an email that the airline had been following all applicable legal and policy processes.
“As the company that flies the President’s executive orders, we do not condone this actions by any of our customers, employees, or any of the companies that serve on his councils,” she said.
“We will not fly this ban on our corporate aircraft.”
Airline leaders also faced backlash after they refused to issue an apology for the airline that was one of two airlines that did fly the executive ban in recent days.
Boeing CEO Brian Budig said in comments to employees that he was “disappointed” in AUL for not issuing an apology, and said that it is his view that there should be no apology or apologies for what happened in the airline.
As a result, the CEO of United Airlines, Oscar Munoz, said he was willing to apologize to AUL if the airline “can get it right.”