Automakers and suppliers are reining in air travel plans, or considering tighter policies, as the U.S. moves closer to war with Iraq.
On Monday, Denso International America Inc. banned business trips by air to the Middle East and postponed non-urgent overseas business trips. Essential overseas trips are allowed only with approval from the president. Domestic air travel must be approved by division executive vice presidents.
Denso says travel is essential only if there are urgent customer needs.
Delphi Corp. also has cut all non-essential travel. The supplier says it will continue to monitor the situation.
Dana Corp. has banned all travel to the Middle East and has limited travel to the Asia-Pacific region to essential travel only due to the flu outbreak there. Dana also has limited other air travel to business-essential only.
Last week, ArvinMeritor Inc. sent a travel advisory to all employees and is providing information on its internal Web sites. The supplier has been implementing a non-essential travel policy to cut costs.
ArvinMeritor has advised employees to carry copies of their driver's license, credit card and passport if they travel. They also must leave copies of their passports at the office and at home.
Visteon Corp. is telling U.S. employees who are traveling overseas that they can change reservations immediately to return if they wish, says spokesman Greg Gardner.
General Motors says it hasn't banned air travel, but it has asked employees to fly only when absolutely necessary. GM says the action was taken as much to cut costs as to tighten security.
Lear Corp. also has not restricted travel, but the company says if war begins it will allow only essential business travel. It also will not require employees to travel if they don't feel comfortable doing so.
Lear is working with a company, staffed by former CIA and FBI agents, which offers Lear's human resources staff up-to-the-minute security advice worldwide.
Honda says it has no bans for international travel, but has asked employees to limit travel to only essential trips. Department managers determine what is essential. If war starts, Honda says it will follow the recommendations of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Ford Motor Co. also has not restricted travel, but has urged employees to travel only if it's necessary. Ford won't say how its policy may change once the war has started.
Automotive News staff writers Julie Cantwell, David Sedgwick and Amy Wilson contributed to this report.