Kuwait Airways Cancels New York-London Service Following Discrimination Claims

By Paul Riegler on 16 December 2015
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London Heathrow from the air

London Heathrow from the air

Kuwait Airways announced the immediate cancellation of its New York-London service after it decided that its country’s laws on discrimination were incompatible with those of the United States.

The move followed a case in which an Israeli passenger was denied boarding on that flight by the airline in 2013. At the time, the U.S. Department of Transportation said that the airline was engaging in discrimination, to which the airline replied that it was merely following Kuwaiti law, which prohibits its citizens from entering “into an agreement, personally or indirectly, with entities or persons residing in Israel, or with Israeli citizenship.”

In January 2014, the airline said in a filing related to the incident that it was not in violation of U.S. law and was not discriminating against passengers based on race, ethnicity, nationality, or religion because it was simply complying with Kuwaiti law.

The department didn’t disagree and recently notified the airline in a letter that it must comply with U.S. laws if it intends to operate the flight and use U.S. facilities.

“It is our duty to ensure that the transportation system is free of discrimination. Period,” said Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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