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Dispute over Middle East airlines reaches new extreme

Dispute over Middle East airlines reaches new extreme

A years-old dispute over whether to impose restrictions on three Middle Eastern airlines that fly into the United States has reached a new extreme: criminal allegations.
A coalition of U.S.-based airlines and their pilot and flight attendants unions have been calling for restrictions on flights to the United States by Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines, saying the carriers have taken subsidies from their oil-rich governments and therefore have an unfair advantage when competing with U.S. airlines.
The Middle Eastern carriers dispute the allegations.
President Barack Obama did not show interest in putting restrictions on the Middle Eastern airlines, and neither has President Donald Trump.
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