Just after 12:15 p.m. on July 22, 2014, all US airlines received an emergency bulletin – known as a Notice to Airman – from the Federal Aviation Administration. “Israel, potentially hazardous situation… created by armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben-Gurion International Airport by US operations prohibited until further advised.”
Soon after receiving the message Delta flight 468, a Boeing 777 with 273 passengers and 17 crew flying to Israel from New York, was diverted to Paris.
The FAA decision resulted from a Hamas rocket landing a mile from Ben-Gurion Airport. Stunned Israelis watched as more companies in Europe followed suit, creating what one industry insider called a “domino effect.”