Lufthansa To Abide By Anti-Ban Court Order–Travelers Targeted by Trump Can Now Fly (to Boston)

In what may well be a sign of things to come, Lufthansa has posted a notice to its website that, pursuant to the rulings of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, anyone with valid travel documents may board international Lufthansa flights bound for Boston–whether or not their entry into the United States is prohibited by President Trump’s Executive Order on immigration. In essence, Lufthansa has chosen to very publicly side with the district court’s order over the Executive Order, at least with respect to Boston-bound flights.

In one sense, the Lufthansa notice is wholly unsurprising, given that, as we noted on Monday, the Massachusetts district court has issued one of the strongest rulings against the EO to date. On the other hand, it may be an important symbolic moment—the first practical evidence that the Executive Order may not be long for this legal world.

 

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Steve Vladeck

Co-Editor-in-Chief of Just Security and Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law. Follow him on Twitter (@steve_vladeck).