Outrageous Kuwait Airways Doesn't Let Israeli Woman Fly Due to Nationality
An Israeli woman says she purchased a ticket to fly from New York City to London, but when she arrived at the airport, she wasn't allowed on the plane due to her nationality.
David Lee Miller joined Eric Shawn on Happening Now and explained that 32-year-old Dina is an Israeli citizen living in the U.S.
She recently purchased a $1,000 ticket on Air India through a popular travel website, but when she got to JFK Airport, she found out the flight was actually operated by Air India's code-sharing partner Kuwait Airways.
The country of Kuwait does not have diplomatic relations with Israel, so the airline would not allow Dina to travel from the U.S. to London, simply because she is an Israeli citizen.
"I approached Kuwait Airways' check-in counter, and they saw my passport," Dina said. "They're like, 'Oh, Israeli passport. You can't go. Come with us.'"
Miller explained that Kuwait Airways did arrange for travel for Dina on alternate carriers at no additional cost, but some are calling for the U.S. Department of Transportation to take a strong stance against this type of discrimination.
Lawyers for Kuwait Airways have said that although banning Israeli passport holders is "required by Kuwaiti law," they are happy to fly Jewish passengers, just not Israeli citizens.
Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) recently said that U.S. law should trump Kuwaiti law, not the other way around.
"If they want to have privileges here in this country, they ought to go by the rules we go by," Schumer said.
"And to say they will not fly Israeli passengers means that we should seriously consider removing some of their privileges here in this country."
Watch the full clip from Happening Now above.