The FAA has banned US airlines from flying over Iraq deeming it a “hazardous situation”.
Militants from Islamic State (the group formerly known as Isis) are at war with Iraqi security forces and last Thursday (August 7) the US joined the conflict by launching air strikes against militant targets.
The US and UK are also providing aid in the area. US airlines will now only be allowed to fly through Iraqi airspace with FAA or other US governmental authorisation.
The FAA said it would re-evaluate the situation before the end of the year. Previous rules barred US airlines from flying below 20,000 feet over Iraq, but a recent notice increased the no-fly zone to 30,000 feet.