FAA Bans All US Flights to Israel for 24 Hours
And several European airlines suspend flights after rocket report
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 22, 2014 10:25 AM CDT
Updated Jul 22, 2014 12:48 PM CDT
A New York-bound Delta plane at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, Israel, after an emergency Sunday, July 13, 2014. Delta canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely today, citing reports of a rocket.   (AP Photo/Michael Simon)

(Newser) – Delta Air Lines and United Airlines this morning canceled all flights to Israel indefinitely, reports the AP, after Israeli police confirmed that a rocket had landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport. US Airways later canceled flights just for today, but then the FAA came out and banned all US flights to and from Israel for a period of 24 hours beginning around noon Eastern. European carriers didn't waste much time in following suit, notes the AP: Lufthansa has now suspended all flights for 36 hours, while Air France has suspended them until further notice.

Delta's decision came so suddenly that a New York-to-Tel Aviv flight over the Mediterranean was diverted to Paris instead. "We are in constant contact with the FAA and are monitoring the situation closely," says a rep for US Air's parent company, American Airlines. Business Insider notes that the airport is located in the town of Lod, which has had several "red alerts" since the latest escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas.

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Jul 23, 2014 7:07 AM CDT
Understand that the Israelis are vehemently protesting the shutdown because of its effect on tourism! All those -----------'s care about is the almighty dollar; and as with the Arabs they do not give a rat's ass about the safety and well being of others. Deplorable.
Jul 23, 2014 2:57 AM CDT
Now let's ban all US money and weapons to Israel. The American tax payer should not be funding the genocide of the Palestinian people so Israel can build more condos. Our association with Israel is bringing danger the American people don't deserve and should not have to pay for. I am sick of seeing Netanyahu lie to the world with a straight face. He's just another extremist thug who can lie effectively in front of a camera. The Israeli are no better than Muslim extremeness. They are all people who think they have the right to kill with impunity because they want something that belongs to someone else.
charlie hawaii
Jul 23, 2014 1:31 AM CDT
Wow did is how it should be. no flite because of rockets and danger