Jul 23, 2014 13:08 FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv FAA tells U.S. airlines not to fly to Tel Aviv n this Jan. 5, 2010 file photo, passengers are seen in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File) by the associated press July 23, 2014 Comments WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Aviation Administration told U.S. airlines Tuesday they are prohibited from flying to the Tel Aviv airport in Israel for 24 hours following a Hamas rocket explosion nearby. The ban began 12:15 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, the agency said in a statement. “Due to the potentially hazardous situation created by the armed conflict in Israel and Gaza, all flight operations to/from Ben Gurion International Airport by U.S. operators are prohibited until further advised,” the FAA said in its notice to airlines. The rocket strike landed about 1 mile from the airport, the agency said. The notice applies only to U.S. airlines since the FAA has no authority over carriers from other nations. The agency said it will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation, and that updated instructions will be provided to U.S. airlines “as soon as conditions permit, but no later than 24 hours” from the time the directive went into force.