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All U.S. airlines ordered to stop flying to Tel Aviv

By Matt Hansen and Annalise Mantz
Los Angeles Times

July 22. 2014 7:34PM

The Federal Aviation Administration has prohibited U.S. airlines from flying to or from Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport after a rocket strike was reported one mile from the Israeli airport Tuesday morning.

The flight ban could last up to 24 hours, the FAA said in a statement.

State Department spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters in the daily press briefing that there is a possibility that the FAA could extend the flight ban beyond 24 hours.

Delta Air Lines rerouted Flight 468, a Boeing 747 traveling from New York to Tel Aviv, to Paris on Tuesday morning.

United Airlines also canceled flights, according to a company statement.

Other non-U.S. airlines that have canceled flights include Lufthansa and Air France, according to the Associated Press.

Sheryl Stein, a spokesperson for the non-U.S. El Al Airlines, said the airline’s scheduled flights will continue as planned.

“We have been maintaining our service as the national airline of Israel,” Stein said.

El Al flies up to four flights a day from the United States to Israel.

Dov Aloof, a high school senior from Israel who was visiting New Jersey this summer, had planned to fly back to Tel Aviv on Thursday night until Delta canceled his flight.

“I did want more time in the United States but not like this,” he said. “I find out I can’t go home until God knows when.”

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