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The strange route Benjamin Netanyahu took to get from Singapore to Sydney

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"the strange route of Netanyahu's plane shows another effect of Israel's diplomatic situation. Indonesia doesn't grant El Al access to its national airspace" (www.smh.com.au) More...

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jimmurray333
Jim MURRAY 11
It was June 1973 I flew on a PamAm Boeing-747, Flight 2, from Bangkok to Hong Kong by first heading south over the Gulf of Thailand, then east and north, avoiding Vietnam. I did it again after the war by being able to fly direct BKK to HKG, the second time seeing huge craters in the Vietnam countryside from bombs dropped by Boeing-52s. It was a green moonscape.
tjperez927
Tony Perez 3
Remember when the USSR did not allow overflies? That was a huge block of airspace that prevented cheap and non-stop Europe-Asia travel.
waterman15
Dave Nosek 2
Back in the day I was told that an airline that served Israel and any of the Arab states had to maintain separate fleets which were not allowed to land in an Arab country if they ever landed in Israel. Don't know how true it was but wouldn't surprise me a bit. Some of these Arab states can be that petty.
josebates
Joe Bates 3
There is plenty of hatred and pettiness on both sides of the Arab/Israeli conflict. No halos on either side.
locomoco
M.F. LaBoo 2
As the saying goes ... choices have consequences.
mileswohl
miles wohl 1
Also look at the daily TLV-BKK flight. It takes much longer because Saudi Arabia doesn't allow El Al to fly in their airspace
Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 3
When are the countries in our world going to stop acting like children? Come on, start acting like adults.
SWEATINTHSWAMP
They are today's adults
Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 1
I am afraid you are right. I guess it is back to playground antics for the world.
rboddy91
Rich Boddy 2
Wow that's amazing. So much time AND fuel being wasted for such needless reasons! That route could be reduced to ~4300 miles if they could go straight to BKK without that idiotic re-route. With some quick and dirty math that equates to roughly an 8.5 hour flight as opposed to 11 hours, which equates to roughly 9,000 gallons of fuel that could be saved.

Unbelievable, absolutely unbelievable.
RECOR10
RECOR10 1
No, it is their right as a sovereign nation. Period. If someone was to fly over the US with out express permission, I for one would hope they would be shot down some 11.9 miles out.
mileswohl
miles wohl 1
Yes but the USA would probably only ban planes who pose harm to our airspace or country. In Saudi Arabia's case, Israel poses no harm, it's just because they're Jewish that they are banned from their airspace
RECOR10
RECOR10 0
And, as a sovereign nation, that is their right. Just like an old man who does not want kids cutting through his yard. His only reason is he does not like it, and, that is reason enough.
Scjemail44
Sam Johnson 1
It is still ridiculous.
RECOR10
RECOR10 0
Ridiculous is a matter of if your craft is faster than a missile or not.
dpadhye
dpadhye 1
Same is true for regular TLV-BOM flight.
kw77
katty wompus 1
Why not fly NW and go around Sumatra then SE to SYD?
jimmurray333
Jim MURRAY 1
From reading all these contributions, I have gotten to know what real tweets are. Most are seemingly inane, meaningless and off the subject. I think there should be a minimum of words to put down before it's accepted for publication. Say 50. You can do it.
Cadefoster
Cade foster 1
All that hate from the Arab elite states....
Cadefoster
Cade foster 0
and certain Asian countries as well
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 0
And Israel!!!
srobak
srobak 1
religion and culture have no place in the skies. the world is not as big as it once was. time to get with the program. Even if it means fighter escorts.

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