Bloomberg Is Flying to Israel to Protest the FAA Ban

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Michael Bloomberg is steamed about the FAA's decision earlier today to halt U.S. flights in or out of Ben Gurion International Airport in Tel Aviv after a rocket landed nearby, so he's decided to stage a protest in a manner befitting a billionaire. "This evening I will be flying on El Al to Tel Aviv to show solidarity with the Israeli people and to demonstrate that it is safe to fly in and out of Israel," the former New York mayor said on his website. "Ben Gurion is the best protected airport in the world and El Al flights have been regularly flying in and out of it safely. The flight restrictions are a mistake that hands Hamas an undeserved victory and should be lifted immediately. I strongly urge the FAA to reverse course and permit US airlines to fly to Israel." Naturally, Bloomberg owns a private jet, but apparently he's so passionate about this issue that he's willing to fly commercial. Being the real-life Mr. Monopoly is tougher than it looks.