Planes are steering clear of Belarus. Here's what that could mean

People hold paper planes during a protest against the detention of Belarusian blogger, Roman Protasevich, who was detained as a Ryanair plane that he was on, en route from Athens to Vilnius, was forced to land in Minsk on Sunday, in Warsaw, Poland, May 24, 2021. Dawid Zuchowicz/Agencja Gazeta

The diplomatic fallout from the Belarusian interception of a commercial plane and arrest of a dissident journalist on board continued on Tuesday, as international airlines avoided the country's airspace, leaving Belarus largely isolated.

European Union leaders and the British government have asked airlines registered in their countries to refrain from flying over Belarus. In the United States, Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said in a statement on Monday that the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) "are working closely with the State Department and other U.S. agencies to understand precisely what happened, and what actions may need to be taken to keep the flying public safe."..

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