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    FAA restricts US airlines from flying over Afghanistan


    U.S. airlines will have to get special permission to fly over Afghanistan because there are no longer air-traffic controllers overseeing the skies under the new Taliban leadership, aviation regulators said late Wednesday.

    The Federal Aviation Administration issued a legally binding notice to U.S.-licensed operators requiring that they notify the agency before flying over Afghan territory.

    The FAA action comes as the U.S. military is engaged in a mission to evacuate American citizens, people holding special immigrant visas and others from the airport in Kabul. The order will not prohibit relief and military flights.

    It’s unclear how many U.S. flights will be covered under the order. United Airlines announced Aug. 15 that it was no longer flying over the nation and few U.S. carriers operate in the region.

    The U.S. military is guiding aircraft within close proximity of the airport in Kabul, but that is the only part of Afghanistan where planes are tracked by controllers.

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