Hours after President Barack Obama authorized airstrikes over Iraq, the Federal Aviation Administration has announced that it is banning U.S. airlines and commercial carriers from flying in Iraqi airspace.
Flights are banned from the airspace over Iraq “due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict” in the area, the FAA said.
The FAA plans to reevaluate its decision by the end of the year.
Earlier last week the FAA and other foreign agencies prohibited airlines from flying below 20,000 feet for extra security purposes. Meanwhile, Emirates had suspended flights over Iraq all together for the time being.