FAA to Airlines: ‘Exercise Caution’ When Flying Over the Persian Gulf

By Paul Riegler on 19 May 2019
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DSC_0659The Federal Aviation Administration warned U.S. airlines that their airplanes could be “misidentified” when flying over the Persian Gulf amidst escalating tensions in the region.

U.S. airlines “should exercise caution when operating in overwater airspace above the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman due to heightened military activities and increased political tensions in the region,” the agency said.

Those current tensions in the region “present an increasing inadvertent risk to U.S. civil aviation operations due to the potential for miscalculation or misidentification,” it said.

The move comes after the United States evacuated non-essential personnel from both the embassy in Baghdad and the consulate in Erbil.

The FAA’s warning calls out the airspace over Tehran, Baghdad, Kuwait, and Bahrain, among others.

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