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FAA lifts ban on U.S. flights to Tel Aviv airport

By The Associated Press

This article was published July 24, 2014 at 6:48 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration has lifted its ban on U.S. flights in and out of Israel, which the agency had imposed out of concern for the risk of planes being hit by Hamas rockets.

The decision was effective at 10:45 p.m. CDT Wednesday.

"Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its U.S. government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation," the FAA said. "The agency will continue to closely monitor the very fluid situation around Ben Gurion Airport and will take additional actions as necessary."

The FAA instituted a 24-hour prohibition Tuesday in response to a rocket strike that landed about a mile from Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The directive, which was extended Wednesday, applied only to U.S. carriers.

The FAA has no authority over foreign airlines operating in Israel, although the European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv. Some European carriers, including Air France and Lufthansa, extended flight cancellations through Thursday.

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KCSAP says... July 24, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.

Strange, there has been no change in the security situation, but the the ban is lifted. In other words this was never about the safety of Americans, but rather Obama punishing Israel for not listening/bowing to him. In a sane world if the nuts were not running the asylum; Obama would be indicted for Benghazi, Iraq, and his abuse of the IRS.

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FreeSpiritMan says... July 24, 2014 at 9:17 a.m.

kcsap ...... ignorance extraordinaire has raised it's face once again in the comment section of the ADG.
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The European Aviation Safety Agency late Tuesday said it "strongly recommends" that airlines refrain from operating flights to and from Tel Aviv. Some European carriers, including Air France and Lufthansa, extended flight cancellations through Thursday.
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So, kcsap is now telling us that Obama also controls European Aviation, I'll bet that is news to them.
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No, maybe I was wrong, it was not 100% ignorance after all, just right wing conservatism, spewed by a rumor mongering shill from the right without regards for the facts..

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KCSAP says... July 25, 2014 at 8:04 a.m.

FreeSpirit........ Before you do the typical lib attack on people you disagree with, you should stop and read the information provided (although limited), it does state that the FAA (that's a US Agency) lifted the ban "it" placed on flights in to Ben Gurion. Even if the Europeans did place a ban, the security situation has not change and yet the ban was lifted. So FYI you words of personal insult are wasted when you direct them here. I know you worship Obama, but the facts show this was solely a political act for Obama to flex his muscles (not the ones that do the 1 lb curls, but USA) to poke Netanyahu in the eye.

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RonalFos says... July 25, 2014 at 8:20 a.m.

The ban was lifted regardless of the security situation because of pressure from Israel. The airlines are still in danger and considering what just happened in Ukraine, flying into a war zone is really stupid. If you want to blame anyone for anything blame the FAA for giving in to pressure from Israel. It's all about money not safety.

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KCSAP says... July 25, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

I disagree. It's about Obama politics. I wouldn't call Ben Gurion airport a war zone. The Hamas rockets are unguided and can only be aimed to target an area of about 10 football fields. Plus they now have the Iron Dome which eliminates about 80% of the Hamas rockets. The chance of hitting an aircraft is almost non-existent. There is no way we would shut down any US airport if we were the Israeli situation. This is Obama punishing Israel for bowing to him.

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