U.S. bans ticket sales for passenger flights to Belarus

U.S. bans ticket sales for passenger flights to Belarus

The United States has banned the sale of plane tickets to and from Belarus in its latest response to the forced diversion of a passenger flight to Minsk last month that led to the arrest of a dissident journalist and his girlfriend.

The U.S. Department of Transportation issued the order on June 29, saying the Department of State determined it is in U.S. foreign policy interests to limit air transportation between the United States and Belarus.

The directive includes prohibitions on "interline" travel in which tickets are booked through one airline that contain flights operated by multiple airlines.

The order would still permit case-by-base exceptions if such travel is in U.S. interests, including on humanitarian or national-security grounds.

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