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jul 21 2014

World's Most Dangerous Flyover Regions

Some beautiful regions of the world, such as Syria, are subject to FAA flight restrictions or warnings because of ongoing conflicts on the ground.

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Our hearts go out to all those who lost loved ones on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 on July 17.

While the events in Ukraine and the ongoing investigations, and diplomatic and political consequences, are beyond the scope of Budget Travel's mission, we have been getting questions from those who wonder, "How could a commercial airliner fly over a dangerous region such as eastern Ukraine?"

With that in mind, we share the Federal Aviation Administration's guidelines for the world's most dangerous flyover regions. The FAA's list of "Notices to Airmen" (abbreviated NOTAMs) restrict American-operated commercial carriers from flying in airspace that is deemed hazardous due to conflicts on the ground, weapons testing, or active volcanoes. (The United Nations maintains its own restricted list, which, like the FAA's, did not include eastern Ukraine at the time Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down.)

Here, the 14 regions restricted to American-operated commercial carriers:

Dnepropetrovsk (eastern Ukraine): Planes are not allowed in this airspace at any altitude.

Iraq: Planes are not allowed to fly below 20,000 feet, except for those that take off or land at Erbil International Airport.

North Korea: Planes are not allowed in this airspace at any altitude.

Northern Ethiopia: Planes are not allowed in this airspace at any altitude.

Libya: Planes are not allowed in this airspace at any altitude.

Simferopol (on the Crimean peninsula, a region whose status is disputed between Ukraine and Russia): Planes are not allowed to fly in this airspace at any altitude.

Afghanistan: Airlines are warned that there is a risk of attack from small arms and portable air-defense systems.

Democratic Republic of the Congo: Airlines are warned against flying below 15,000 feet.

Iran: Airlines are warned that Iran and the U.S. do not maintain diplomatic relations.

Mali: Airlines are warned against flying below 24,000 feet.

Kenya: Airlines are warned that there is a risk of attack from portable air-defense systems.

Sinai: Airlines are warned against flying below 24,000 feet.

Syria: Airlines are warned against flying in this airspace at any altitude.

Yemen: Airlines are warned against flying below 24,000 feet.

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