TAMPA, Fla. — As tension in the Middle East continues to intensify, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) banned all U.S. airlines from flying over the region.
According to the FAA, U.S. airlines are indefinitely banned from flying over Iran, Iraq, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.
#FAA Statement: #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. pic.twitter.com/kJEbpPddp3
— The FAA (@FAANews) January 8, 2020
The announcement just hours after Iran fired more than a dozen missiles targeting two airbases in Iraq that houses U.S. troops.
The attacks were located at the Al-Asad Airbase and Irbil Airbase in Iraq, where United States troops are stationed.