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Delta connection with Saudi Arabia under scrutiny

June 24, 2011

A new agreement by Delta Airlines to carry passengers to Saudi Arabia has come under criticism because of inaccurate reports that Delta had agreed to exclude Jewish passengers and to ban Bibles from the flights.

Delta officials explained that they would follow their usual policies, requiring that all travelers show valid visas to enter the country to which they are flying. Saudi Arabia does not provide visas to the holders of Israeli passports, and has been accused of denying visas routinely to Jewish travelers. Any such policy, however, is the policy of the Saudi government, not Delta Airlines.

Similarly, Saudi Arabia--which is one of the world's most flagrant offenders against religious freedom--does not allow visitors to carry Bibles. Delta does not propose to enforce that ban, however.


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