Boycott Watch  
June 24, 2011
Blatantly Bad Reporting and False Information Spark Delta Airlines Boycott
Summary: World Net Daily claims exclusive, making them exclusively responsible for damage to Delta Airlines - Boycott Watch corrects the records.
   Both the article in World Net Daily by Bob Unruh "Delta adopts Saudi 'no-Jew' fly policy" and the article in the Huffington Post by Michele Chabin of the Religion News Service titled "U.S. Jews Not Able To Fly On Delta Flights To Saudi Arabia" contain blatantly false and misleading information. Boycott Watch corrects the record.

   The articles in question claim Delta Airlines is flying to Saudi Arabia, raising alarm flags about Delta adhering to the Saudi policy which bans Jews and anyone with an Israeli stamp in their passport from entering the country. The only problem with the report is that Delta Airlines is not flying to Saudi Arabia, making the story completely false.

   A statement by Delta Airlines reads, in part, "Delta does not operate service to Saudi Arabia and does not codeshare with any airline on flights to that country. Delta does not intend to codeshare or share reciprocal benefits, such as frequent flier benefits, with Saudi Arabian Airlines, which we have confirmed with SkyTeam, an Amsterdam-based 14-member global airline alliance."

   Delta further stated "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, US Airways and Alaska Airlines have with Saudi Arabian Airlines."

   As such, Delta is in no way participating in Saudi Arabia's boycott of Israel or Jews whatsoever. All they did was make it convenient for people to book flights on single websites by entering into a group which allows bookings, as do other airlines.

   Delta Airlines, therefore, is adhering to their own statement and policy which states "Delta Air Lines does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against any of our customers in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender."

   Boycott Watch calls upon World Net Daily, The Huffington Post and the Religious News Service to immediately retract their articles and apologize. "World Net Daily started a false boycott based on false information against a business which did nothing to offend anyone. They should be ashamed of themselves" said Fred Taub, President of Boycott Watch who is an expert in boycotts, especially the Arab boycott of Israel about which he wrote the book Boycotting Peace.

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