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Kuwait Airways Case: Results of FOIA Request

A coda to the Kuwait Airways case. This, recall, is the case of the airline that refused to sell a ticket to a passenger traveling on an Israeli passport, citing the Kuwaiti law that forbade doing business with Israelis. After some hemming and hawing, the Department of Transportation made it clear to the airline that such discrimination was unlawful, and the airline stopped providing service from New York to London (as I understand it, the airline still flies from New York to Kuwait City, and that seems okay to me, as an airline shouldn’t be compelled to transport passengers who will be refused entry on arrival in another country, as Israelis would be in Kuwait).
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Update on the Kuwait Airways Case

I’ve written a few times about the Kuwait Airways case. This is the case in which the airline refused to transport a passenger from New York to London because he was traveling on an Israeli passport. The airline cited Kuwaiti law forbidding it to transport the passenger. The Department of Transportation, after some initial hemming and hawing, finally did the right thing and determined that the airline had violated US law governing nondiscrimination by air carriers. The airline sought review in the DC Circuit. I encourage you to read my prior posts to get up to speed.

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Kuwait Airways Petitions DC Circuit For Review

In my last post on the Kuwait Airways case, I noted that I hadn’t been able to find the airline’s “countersuit” against the Department of Transportation. “Countersuit” is, of course, the wrong word, but in fact the airline has petitioned the DC Circuit to review the DOT’s administrative decision. Eldad Gatt, the Israeli national who was refused service by the airline, has moved for leave to intervene.
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