A controversial rumour rocketed around the internet this week, fed by Twitter, blogs, and word-of-mouth. According to the story, Delta Air Lines—the world’s largest carrier—was partnering with Saudi Arabian Airlines, and therefore Jewish passengers would no longer be allowed to board Delta flights to the Kingdom.
The problem, of course, was that the story was wrong. Jewish passengers will not be banned from Delta flights. Delta doesn’t even fly to Saudi Arabia, and has no plans to do so in the future. And while SAA is joining the SkyTeam Alliance, which Delta founded, that doesn’t mean that Delta will be operating SAA’s flights. Instead, the US carrier will simply be selling tickets for SAA and making it easier for passengers to transfer between the two airlines.
It is true that some Jewish travellers—usually people who were born in Israel or who have evidence of travel to Israel on their passports—sometimes have trouble obtaining visas for Saudia Arabia and some other Middle Eastern countries. This is not a new development. But there are ways to get around the restriction, and Jewish travellers can fly to Saudi and have done so in the past .
The whole controversy apparently started with an article from the US website WorldNetDaily , an outlet that is best known for regularly publishing ” evidence ” of President Barack Obama’s supposed non-American origins.