Cuba Says AA Cuban-American Flight Crews Can’t Enter Country / Overnight

Well, this is an interesting problem for American Airlines, the Cuban government is refusing entry and thereby overnight privileges to any Cuban-American AA flight crew member as per the Miami Herald. American didn’t discover this until their first re-established flight to Varadero. On that flight a Cuban-American was denied entry on grounds that he did not have a Cuban passport, a requirement for anyone who left the country after 1970. American questioned authorities as to what would happen in a mechanical delay and was told only in extenuating circumstances would there be any exceptions.

So in an interesting twist, AA had to identify Cuban-American employees and remove them from the Cuba flight schedules…with pay. This was the memo sent to AA managers:

“Please remember that those who are Cuban born should be removed with pay from Cuba flights until we can verify what requirements the Cuban government has for these crewmembers.”

The Herald reports that “Cuba’s discriminatory rules” will of course apply to all other airlines operating to the island. American confirmed the restrictions…

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