Lufthansa said it already was avoiding Iraqi airspace on flights between Europe, the Middle East and Asia. British Airways also said it was temporarily suspending flights over Iraq "and will keep the situation under review."
The FAA ban comes just three weeks after a Malaysia Airlines plane with nearly 300 people on board was shot down over eastern Ukraine. No warning had been issued to airlines before the shoot down, and other airlines had been flying over the region. U.S. intelligence and aviation officials said the U.S. had no prior intelligence to indicate separatists intended to target civil aircraft, and the first indication that separatists had an operable SA-11 missile system was on July 17, the day of the crash.