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Wow: A FlyDubai Flight Diverted to Iran – with an Israeli Soldier Onboard

Written by Charlie

Here is the story of a flight that was diverted to Iran – and there was an Israeli soldier onboard. It is now being approved for release by Israel.

This is one of those stories that you know happens in various places around the world but we normally do not hear about it. I know that there were some US diplomats some years ago that were on a flight that made a diversion and landed in a country they weren’t supposed to go to and you know there are many other stories as well. This one is about an Israeli solder in Iran on a diversion.

Israeli Soldier On Flight that Diverted to Iran

This happened last Thursday on FlyDubai flight 1942 from Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Dubai. As sometimes happens, there was a medical emergency and it caused the plane to have to divert to Shiraz, Iran.

This meant that the Israeli solder, a 19 year old female, was in Shiraz, Iran for 9 hours during this diversion. Given the sensitive nature of such a situation and the potential for it to turn very serious for the soldier and Israel, the Israeli Prime Minister was informed and Mossad reportedly called the soldier to give her instructions.

I am sure that had to be a terrifying 9 hours for this young soldier. When I went to Iran, I also flew into Shiraz as my point of entry to Iran. As an American on an American passport with an Iranian visa (and as someone who had previously been to Israel over 15 times), I had permission to be there yet was still nervous when I was first confronted by police. And, yes, it was “confronted” not greeted. 🙂 A police officer was going down the line of passengers waiting for passport control and greeting people in a friendly fashion until he saw my American passport. At that point, he shouted “Amrikori!” and everyone in that part of the airport turned to look at me. I was sent to wait in another area for about an hour or so until everyone had left and then I was processed.

So, as someone who had gone through the visa interview process, received the visa, and traveled to this same airport, I can say that the passport experience was something I had imagined may happen but still felt unnerving. I cannot imagine what it felt like for a young Israeli soldier who was there – without obviously planning to be there!

The Israeli security felt it was ok to now release this story so that is why it is now out in public. I wonder how Iran feels now learning that they had an Israeli soldier in their airport who was apparently in contact with the Mossad during that time?

While it is not legal to detain passengers during such a situation, we all know that some countries do not follow that (look at Belarus).

Many countries do caution their citizens about taking flights that may fly over certain countries due to laws that may affect them. It is always a good idea to consider the flight path for such flights if there is something that could be of issue with one of those countries you fly over.

HT: Dans Deals

Featured image is the Shiraz Airport mosque

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Charlie

Charlie has been an avid traveler and runner for many years. He has run in marathons around the world for less than it would cost to travel to the next town - all as a result of collecting and using miles and points. Over the years, he has flown hundreds of thousands of miles and collected millions of miles and points.
Now he uses this experience and knowledge to help others through Running with Miles.

2 Comments

  • Very foolish to fly on an airline that would, could or might fly over Iran if you’re Isreali.
    But Iran wouldn’t have had any reason to keep her as a prisoner as that would have caused a war that Iran would lose.

    • My guess is that Israel is making sure that their citizens do not pick a route like that again, if they feel confident enough to release this.
      Actually, I think Iran believes they can win and they have been actively trying to find something they could do that would have Israel attack so they could claim it was “unprovoked”. This likely would have been exactly what they wanted.

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