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New Iraqi Airline Bans Iraqis

Where: Iraq
August 8, 2007 at 10:50 AM | by | ()

Expat Airways is Iraq's answer to Southwest. The self-proclaimed "no frills" airline is the first of its kind in Iraq. Monday, it started operating weekly flights between Baghdad and Amman, Jordan.

While budget U.S. carriers ban large bottles of fluid and European LCCs have draconian baggage restrictions, Expat prohibits its own citizens from boarding. It has a strict "Westerners only" policy, straight out of the Mein Kampf business practices handbook. In addition to Iraqis, Indians, Pakistanis and most other non-Westerners need not attempt to book a flight.

According to ABC, Ahmed al Musawi, a spokesman for the Iraqi Transportation Ministry, called Expat's flight restrictions ''immoral'' but said there are no federal laws in Iraq banning such actions. Go figure.

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· Iraqi Airline [ABC News]
· Iraq Travel [Jaunted]

[Photo: ABC News]

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