CNN anchor John Vause was on a Delta Air Lines flight from New York to Tel Aviv Tuesday when the plane was diverted to Paris as a precautionary security measure.
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Speaking by phone to CNN from Paris, Vause explained that, only an hour before the flight was due to land in Israel, the pilot announced that a rocket had fallen about a mile outside of Ben-Gurion International Airport and out of an “abundance of caution” the airplane would be rerouted to Paris.
Delta Air Lines, among other carriers, suspended flights to and from Israel on Tuesday in response to a Federal Aviation Authority warning earlier in the day. The warning was issued after a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded in Yehud, near the airport.
Vause said that upon his arrival in Paris, he approached an Air France counter to ask if he could book a ticket to Tel Aviv, but the ground staff member told him, “We’d love to help you out but we’ve just been told that we’re not flying there either.”
Vause also said he had heard rumors that Ben-Gurion airport had been temporarily closed to all air traffic, but that is not the case.
Later Tuesday evening, the FAA banned all U.S. airlines from flying to and from Ben-Gurion airport "for a period of up to 24 hours."