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FAA Lifts Ban on U.S. Flights to Israel

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The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its ban on U.S. flights to and from Israel Tuesday night and many New Yorkers traveling there said the ban was an overreaction. NY1’s Rocco Vertuccio got reaction from travelers at Kennedy Airport.

The U.S. government says it's safe again to fly to and from Israel.

"No anxiety whatsoever, I loved it, every minute of it,” said Nina Silverstein.

No one needed to tell Silverstein that. She returned to JFK Airport Thursday morning after spending three weeks teaching English in Israel.

She says the Federal Aviation Administration's travel ban to Israel was an overreaction. The FAA put the ban into effect Tuesday on US carriers because of safety concerns after a Hamas rocket landed a mile near Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv. The FAA lifted the ban Wednesday after reviewing security measures in Israel.

"I understand the concerns the precaution to save lives, but I think it's unnecessary. I think it's a safe country, a safe airport,” said Silverstein.

As of Thursday morning at JFK, the only flights to and from Tel Aviv were on Israeli airline El Al, which was not impacted by the ban. Yifat Ahren flys back and forth to Israel all the time with no fear.

"El Al and Ben Guiron Airport is one of the safest airline and airport in the whole world. The security is the maximum security they have,” said Ahren.

Thursday Ahren put her two nieces on an El Al flight to return home to Israel after a visit to New York.

"I am not fear because our army is hard,” said Arden Shrit.

Only three U.S. carriers fly to Israel: Delta, United and USAirways. Even with the travel ban lifted it's up to each individual airline to decide when to resume their flights.

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