American Jews Welcome in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia and Solar Energy
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Allahpundit would like everyone to know that just because you’re Jewish, there is no reason why you can’t take your next vacation in the sunny Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. They won’t let you in if you have an Israeli passport, or if you have an Israel stamp on your passport, but they do not discriminate according to religion.

I’m overstating it a little. Even so, good news for Jewish readers: If you haven’t made any vacation plans this summer, there’s an exciting new option on the table.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia today issued the following statement regarding the false story being circulated on the Internet regarding implications of Saudi Arabian Airlines membership in the Delta Airlines SkyTeam Alliance:

“Rumors being circulated via the Internet regarding passenger flight restrictions on Saudi Arabian Airlines are completely false. The Government of Saudi Arabia does not deny visas to U.S. citizens based on their religion.”

And Delta Airlines released this statement:

Delta Air Lines does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against any of our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.

Delta does not operate service to Saudi Arabia and does not codeshare with any airline that serves that country. Delta does not intend to codeshare or share reciprocal benefits, such as frequent flier benefits, with Saudi Arabian Airlines, which we have confirmed with SkyTeam, an Amsterdam-based 14-member global airline alliance.

Delta’s only agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines is a standard industry interline agreement, which allows passengers to book tickets on multiple carriers, similar to the standard interline agreements American Airlines, US Airways and Alaska Airlines have with Saudi Arabian Airlines.

All of the three global airline alliances – Star, which includes United Airlines; oneworld, which includes American Airlines, and SkyTeam, which includes Delta – have members that fly to Saudi Arabia and are subject to that country’s rules governing entry.

Well, I’m glad that’s all cleared up.I think I’ll start packing right now. Of course you still can’t bring any non-Muslim religious article or literature into the country so I’ll have to leave my Bible behind and make sure I’m not wearing a crucifix or something. I wonder if Saudi customs would search through my Kindle.