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FAA Renews Flight Ban for Israel; Billie Vincent Comments

Federal aviation administration (FAA)The Federal Aviation Administration has extended its ban on U.S. flights to Israel for an additional 24 hours as the conflict between Israel and Gaza continues, Stars and Stripes reported Wednesday.

Timothy Phelps and Rebecca Bratek write the FAA renewed the flight ban for Tel Aviv after a Gaza-fired rocket destroyed a house near the Ben Gurion International Airport.

Billie Vincent, former head of the FAA’s office of civil aviation security, told the publication he expects aviation authorities to become more cautious in permitting flights over conflict zones following the Malaysia Airlines MH17 crash in Ukraine.

Vincent believes the aviation industry will reform its security approach “after the Ukraine shoot-down,” according to the report.

Phelps and Bratek write the agency is reviewing the information submitted by the Israeli government regarding aviation security in the country.

The FAA has also imposed ban on flights to Afghanistan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Cuba, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Iraq, Kenya, North and South Korea, Libya, Mali, Somalia, Syria, Ukraine and Yemen, Stars and Stripes reports.

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