Mass. travelers to be banned from using American Express card after ‘mass shooting’
Passengers are being urged to limit their trips to the United States as President Donald Trump seeks to restrict travel to the country following the deadly shooting at an American Express store in San Bernardino, California, that killed 14 people and wounded 22 others.
“Passengers are encouraged to limit travel to areas such as California and the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as Mexico and Canada,” the Department of Transportation said in a tweet on Tuesday.
The travel restrictions also include a temporary suspension of the use of the American Express Visa Exempt Card.
Passengers will be subject to a 60-day hold on their account balances and have their travel plans restricted, including “all planned and unplanned American Express itineraries.”
The suspension applies to any American Express travel plans for any American-based trip or for any trip for which the card was purchased, and includes travel plans to or from the U., Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U, and Alaska.
The suspension also includes trips to destinations outside the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The travel ban comes after the shooting of 14 people at an international shopping mall in San Bernadino, California.
President Donald Trump ordered a nationwide travel ban on Friday, and it applies to all countries that were designated as “terror hotspots” by the State Department.
He also ordered a suspension of immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries.
Trump has since taken steps to rein in the travel ban by temporarily banning the entry of all refugees, while also revoking the visas of citizens of Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen.