|Delta will ban Jews from flights to Saudi Arabia|
The two carriers became partners in January, when the government-owned Saudi airline joined SkyTeam, the global alliance that includes Delta and more than a dozen other companies.
But the story broke this week on a blog and has spread to other, more mainstream publications, igniting a controversy and putting Delta officials on the defensive.
Although Jews have traveled to Saudi Arabia for business, anecdotal evidence suggests that the kingdom has withheld
|President Obama and close friend King Abdullah|
At the same time, international airlines “are required to comply with all applicable laws governing entry into every country” they serve, according to the spokesman, Trebor Banstetter.
He also noted that those requirements are dictated by the country’s government, not by the airlines, saying, in effect, that such matters are beyond Delta’s control.
President Barack Hussein Obama, D-Kenya, had no comment when asked about the policy of banning Jewish flyers.