Airlines resume flying passengers previously blocked by U.S. travel ban

Airlines in Europe and the Middle East responded to the suspension of tightened U.S. immigration rules by again allowing passengers from countries that had been blocked to fly to the U.S., following chaos at airports and protests across the country.

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday issued a ruling that temporarily blocks President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration and refugees signed on Jan. 27. With the directive, the president barred individuals from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S., calling it a necessary move to stop terrorists from entering the country.

Mr. Trump’s 90-day ban on citizens of Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, Iraq and Yemen spurred travel havoc as airlines globally were caught by surprise and had to move quickly to block passengers. Airlines also pulled some employees from the affected countries from serving on U.S.-bound flights.

Friday’s ruling applied nationwide to tens of thousands of people holding visas to travel to the U.S.