I’m not sure that this should be happening in the U.S. or in any countries/ airports for that matter…
A woman was trying to fly from New York’s JFK Airport to London on Kuwait Airlines but was not allowed on the plane due to her passport.
No, the passport wasn’t expired and my guess is that it had enough pages left inside. The problem with her passport was that it is an Israeli passport.
The woman, Iris Eliazarov was traveling with her husband David Nektalov who is American and has an American passport.
Eliazarov was told by a Kuwait Airlines employee that she wasn’t going anywhere. Here is part of the exchange according to ABC News “‘There’s no way you’re getting on that flight,’ and I said ‘Why not?'” she said. “And he said, ‘Because you have an Israeli passport.'”
Her husband stepped in to no avail. In the end, the couple had to travel separately to London. Eliazarov was booked by Kuwait airlines onto another airline “but refused to re-book her husband.”
Kuwait Airlines is owned by the government of Kuwait. Since Kuwait does not recognize Israel, they don’t recognize Israeli passports. Totally ridiculous if you ask me…
The couple is now suing and wants to see the rules changed.
Here is the big questions- Did Kuwait Airlines break any American laws?
I would think that if the plane was landing in Kuwait, they would have grounds to stop the woman from flying since she wouldn’t be admitted into the country. However, being that the plane was taking off from the United States and landing in London, I’d think they would have to respect the freedoms people have the rights to here in America, allowing her to fly on this route.
I’m definitely no legal expert by any means but it seems crazy that a situation like this could occur in an airport in the U.S.
Find out more of the details from ABC News here.