A diplomatic nightmare occurred at Ben Gurion Airport. A Turkish Airlines pilot, who landed at Ben Gurion Airport last night, was stopped upon discovering that he had an Iranian passport. Turkey requested a special exemption for the pilot to enter Israel for one night, but after consulting the Shin Bet, it was decided best to reject the request and he returned on a flight to Turkey.







Turkish Airlines pilot denied entrance to Israel

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 Last night (Friday), Israel denied a Turkish Airlines pilot entrance to the country upon discovering that he had an Iranian passport. Turkey requested a special exemption for the pilot to enter Israel for one night, but after consulting the Shin Bet, it was decided best to reject the request and he returned on a flight to Turkey.

The Turkish pilot landed at Ben Gurion Airport on a routine flight. Once it was discovered that he had an Iranian passport, he was not allowed to leave the airport’s premises. For security reasons, the citizens of most countries Israel is at war with are forbidden from entering Israel.

Turkish Airlines stated that they made a mistake. A year and a half ago, the Turkish aviation giant announced that it would be hiring 200 Iranian pilots as a result of a shortage in pilots. The airline pledged that they would not place Iranian pilots on flights to and from Israel.