Examples: [Collected via e-mail, May 2013]
Delta Airlines forbids Jews and religious articles to fly on its airlines as part of its agreement with Saudi Airlines.
Origins: This rumor about Delta Air Lines' prohibiting the transport of Jews and Bibles on all its flights originated with a flurry of news stories from June 2011 regarding a January 2011 announcement that Saudi Arabian Airlines (SAA) would be joining SkyTeam, an international airline marketing alliance whose membership includes Delta. That announcement had brought up concerns about code-shares, which are agreements that allow airlines to sell tickets on other airlines' flights (an arrangement that often confuses travelers who believe they bought a ticket on one airline but then find themselves actually flying on another airline):
Although Delta announced in January  that the Saudi airline would join its SkyTeam network [in 2012], the implications of the deal only came to light recently, according to people who have scrutinized the details.
Saudi Arabia, which is governed by strict Islamic law, requires citizens of almost every country to obtain a visa. People who wish to enter the country must have a sponsor; women, who must be dressed according to Saudi standards of modesty, must be met at the Saudi airport by a man who will act as a chaperone.
Saudi Arabia bans anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country, even in transit. Many Jews believe the kingdom has also withheld visas from travelers with Jewish-sounding names.
Religious items such as Bibles that are not related to Islam may be confiscated at the airport.
Moreover, a number of sources reported that although the Saudi Arabian government denied entry visas to travelers bearing Israeli passports and prohibited the carrying of non-Islamic religious articles into Saudi Arabia, that country did not bar Jewish travelers from the U.S.:
The Saudi government, according to the U.S. State Department, prohibits criticism of Islam and "the public practice of religions other than Islam."
Nail Al-Jubeir, a spokesman for the Saudi Arabian Embassy in Washington, says Americans of all religions, including Jews, will be issued
He says Israeli passport holders are still denied visas because Saudi Arabia has no diplomatic relations with Israel. The Saudi embassy said that Israel doesn't grant visas to Saudi Arabians [either].
Rabbi David Saperstein, director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, says he's known a lot of Jewish-American business men with Jewish-sounding names who were provided visas to enter Saudi Arabia and were not "harassed" during their stay.
Jewish leader Rabbi Irwin Kula was wary about inflaming concerns on this [issue], saying he knows many professionals who are very open about their Jewish religious identity who fly to Saudi Arabia all the time for business.
Second, it’s undisputable that Jews — especially those with Israeli passports — often face obstacles traveling to Arab countries, including being hassled and detained — but it’s overstating the situation to speak of “the banning of Jews."
Third, the reports of banned Bibles are part fact and part hyperbole. It is indeed common practice for non-Islamic religious items to be confiscated from travelers entering Saudi Arabia. (As late as 2007, the Saudi Arabian Airlines website noted that such items as Bibles, crucifixes, and Stars of David could not be brought into the country.)
But it’s not accurate to suggest that Delta is outlawing Bibles on its flights. If a passenger’s religious item is confiscated, it’s because a Saudi Arabian government official takes it after the visitor lands in that country, not because Delta seizes it in Cincinnati or Salt Lake City. And, of course, Saudi Arabia’s narrow-minded ban applies regardless of what airline a passenger arrives on.
Delta’s only agreement with Saudi Arabian Airlines is a standard industry interline agreement which allows passengers to book tickets on multiple carriers, similar to the standard interline agreements American Airlines,
Last updated: 21 May 2013
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