Say an airline is flying internationally into the United States, with flight crew or cabin crew with citizenship in one of the countries designated in President Trump's Executive Order(s).

Would these crew members be allowed entry into the United States for lay-over?

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  • Do they leave the airport during the lay-over? – Singulaere Entitaet Mar 19 '17 at 8:02
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    They have to, because there's no airside transit in the US. – mkennedy Mar 19 '17 at 15:04
  • @mkennedy - I don't understand what you're saying. In my experience it is possible in practice to transit the international terminal of an airport without ever passing through the host country's immigration control. – feetwet Mar 19 '17 at 18:36
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    @feetwet Have you experienced this at US airports? – DJohnM Mar 19 '17 at 22:06
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    @feetwet yep, exactly. The general topic of being able to stay airside in the US comes up a lot in Travel. – mkennedy Mar 20 '17 at 1:28

As far as I know, airline crew members have to pass through US immigration on arrival, just like everyone else. So they'd need a visa. Airline crews are eligible for a D visa which is specifically for crew members on layovers.

Under the current version of the travel ban, citizens of the designated countries are allowed to enter if they already have a valid visa, which current crew members presumably would. However, if they don't, or if it expires, they might be refused a new visa. This would effectively prevent them from working on flights to the US.

  • or if they were traveling on the passport of a country not on the list, that would be okay too – user102008 Mar 20 '17 at 23:57

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