Why the US ban on the US flights to Utah could affect travellers in Utah
More than 100 US airlines have been ordered to stop flying from the state, citing a lack of safety regulations in the state.
Utah is not a US state, but the ban affects the entire state, including the border.
In an emailed statement, the Utah Department of Transportation (UTDOT) said it has been “monitoring and enforcing the US Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) regulations and policies to ensure that Utah residents have the best chance to safely access the United States”.
“While Utah has stringent laws governing travel within the state and the state of Utah, Utah also has a number of significant safety requirements that may not be as stringent as those in the United State of America,” the statement read.
“This is particularly true in Utah, which has an extensive network of airport security checkpoints, airport security and aviation inspection systems, and is one of the safest states in the country.”
In response to the US travel restrictions, the Department of Aviation (DoA) issued a statement on Wednesday, saying it was “aware of a number reports that airlines in the region have suspended flights to and from Utah”.
DoA also warned US residents to “monitor the safety and security of the airports and other travel routes within the US as Utah continues to implement its aviation safety and environmental regulations”.
Airlines that operate from Utah airports have reported increased delays, including those from JetBlue, Delta Air Lines, Southwest, US Airways and United.
While the restrictions are only in effect for Utah residents, other states may have similar bans.
The ban applies to the entire United States, not just Utah, and also applies to those from other states, such as Washington state and Colorado.
This means Utah residents can’t travel to Alaska or Hawaii, as they do in those states.
Other states that do not have travel restrictions from the US include Hawaii, New Mexico, Arizona, Alaska, Washington and the Pacific islands.
US airlines will continue to operate in the affected areas of Utah from now until July 6.
Read more about Utah travel restrictions.
Here are the restrictions in Utah: