As reported by USA Today, before they pulled the story (hence the Tatler link):
under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
Religious items such as Bibles that are not related to Islam may be confiscated at the airport....
“Passengers carrying any non-Islamic article of faith will not be able to fly Delta airlines to Saudi Arabia under Delta’s new partnership with Saudi Arabian Airlines.
“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.
At World Net Daily:
In place of its earlier story, USA Today now runs a story with quite the misleading, somewhat ugly, headline:
Airline to Jewish rumor: 'Delta does not discriminate.'
..where a Delta rep, one Trebor Banstetter, does not at all deny that the aforementioned discrimination will occur, he simply states that Delta is merely enforcing Saudi policy. Really:
....one of the most important things to mention here is that Delta does not discriminate nor do we condone discrimination against anyone in regards to age, race, nationality, religion, or gender.
That said, some have raised questions about whether Saudi Arabian Airlines' membership in SkyTeam means Delta is adopting any type of policies that could present barriers to travel for some passengers, including Jewish customers. For this particular concern, it's important to realize that visa requirements to enter any country are dictated by that nation's government, not the airlines, and they apply to anyone entering the country regardless of whether it's by plane, bus or train.
We, like all international airlines, are required to comply with all applicable laws governing entry into every country we serve. You as passengers are responsible for obtaining the necessary travel documents, such as visas and certification of required vaccinations, and we're responsible for making sure that you have the proper documentation before you board.
So it's not a rumor, it's fact. Delta is simply asking us not to blame them for partnering up with anti-Semites and enforcing a 12th-century morality. Or, perhaps more more apropos, a 1939-era racial philosophy. After all, aren't they claiming above that they are" just following orders"?
CEO of Delta Airlines ?
Well, excuse me if I take offense. Debbie at Right Truth asks, Can you imagine if Israel's airline, EL AL, decided not to fly any Arabs or Muslims?
I ask, can you imagine if an American airline partnered up with a nation that refused to let blacks enter their country? How long would that business relationship last? Of course, that's a rhetorical question, no airline based in the United States would ever engage in business relations with a nation that held open hatred towards blacks. Jews, however....well, that's a bit different. With anti-Semitism being the coin of the "intellectual" realm these days, Delta officials probably thought their decision wouldn't even get a second glance.
Looks like you made a bit of a misjudgement there, Delta. This little bit of anti-Semitism ain't gonna fly. Better rethink your airline partners, while I rebook my travel plans...