Delta Airlines won't follow discriminatory Saudi practice

August 23, 2011 16:06

Delta Airlines will not ask its customers to reveal their religious affiliation, the company wrote in a letter to the Simon Wiesenthal Center. The decision comes after Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Center submitted an open letter to Fox News objecting to the Saudi Arabian Airlines recent acceptance into the SkyTeam Alliance, to which Delta also belongs.

"What would happen if a leading U.S. carrier voluntarily allows itself to be hijacked by bigots in order to open a new market?" Rabbi Cooper wrote.

"That is what Delta Airlines appears to have done when your company announced plans to add Saudi Arabian Airlines to your SkyTeam Alliance. You see, under their rules, they require that Delta ban Jews and holders of Israeli passports from boarding flights from New York or Washington bound for Jeddah."

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