24 June 2011

Jews not Welcome?

It seems that the rumors are true... Jews are not welcome on Delta on flights to Saudi Arabia. The Delta's explanation is more damning than just a straight answer.
We've gotten questions today from you, our concerned customers, following an article about Saudi Arabian Airlines joining SkyTeam (the global airline alliance that includes Delta as a member). After listening to many of your thoughts today, we'd like to take this opportunity to share some information and help to clarify some of the questions we know you have.

First and foremost, I think one of the most important things to mention here is that Delta does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against anyone in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.

That said, some have raised questions about whether Saudi Arabian Airlines' membership in SkyTeam means Delta is adopting any type of policies that could present barriers to travel for some passengers, including Jewish customers. For this particular concern, it's important to realize that visa requirements to enter any country are dictated by that nation's government, not the airlines, and they apply to anyone entering the country regardless of whether it's by plane, bus or train.

We, like all international airlines, are required to comply with all applicable laws governing entry into every country we serve. You as passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents, such as visas and certification of required vaccinations, and we're responsible for making sure that you have the proper documentation before you board.

In other words, countries that do not allow Jews, Israelis, or people that have an Israeli stamp in their passport are setting the rules and we're just playing by those rules.

Another note here: We're condemning Delta, but what about all the other members of SkyTeam? Delta seems to be the only participating American company, are we giving the others a free pass? Do we expect more from American companies? Of course the answer is yes. We expect them to do what's right, not just follow orders.

Delta adopts Saudi 'no-Jew' fly policy - World Net Daily

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