by Fern Sidman
According to a Religion News Service report, "Jews and Israelis, or passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith, will not be able to fly code-share flights from the U.S. to Saudi Arabia under Delta Air Line's new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines that is set to begin in 2012."
Back in January of this year, Delta announced that it had struck a deal with the Saudi Arabian airline to join its "SkyTeam" network in 2012 but the details of the deal's implications have only recently been revealed. The Saudi airline is SkyTeam's first member from the Middle East.
"Delta must also comply with all applicable laws in every country it serves," adding that passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents required for entry. "If a passenger travels without proper documents, the passenger may be denied entry into that country and our airline may be fined," the statement said.
Dan Diker, newly elected secretary general of the World Jewish Congress, said he hoped "Delta will not be complicit with what appears to be a demonstrably anti-Semitic and racist policy by Saudi Arabian Airlines."
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