As tension in the Middle East deepens, the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) restricted all US airlines from flying over the region.
“#NOTAMs issued outlining flight restrictions that prohibit U.S. civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman,” FAA tweeted.
“The Federal Aviation Administration issued Notices to Airmen (NOTAMS) tonight outlining flight restrictions that prohibit US civil aviation operators from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The FAA will continue closely monitoring events in the Middle East. We will continue coordinating with our national security partners and sharing information with US air carriers and foreign civil aviation authorities,” the statement reads.
The announcement came just hours after Iran fired more than a dozen ballistic missiles against airbases housing U.S. troops in Iraq.