Every time we seem to be inching closer to direct flights between Beirut and the United States, something happens to knock us back:

For Detroit Metro Airport, tougher international airport security screenings will affect travelers from one of its key markets: Beirut. In terms of number of passengers, Beirut is the biggest market without any direct service to Detroit, said Joe Cambron, Metro Airport’s director of air service development. Each day, 40 to 50 people from the Middle Eastern city arrive thanks to metro Detroit’s large Lebanese population.

It was only two weeks ago that we had this news story:

President Michel Sleiman announced Thursday that American airlines are considering a partnership agreement with Middle East Airlines (MEA) as a first step to resume direct flights between Beirut and the United States and eventually Canada.

We are honestly flying around in circles:

Metro Airport has been in discussions with an airline about establishing direct flights to Beirut, but the new security measures likely have extinguished hopes of doing that, [Joe Cambron, Metro Airport’s director of air service development] said.

Oh well maybe another 10 years down the line we could get this working.

Metro Detroit Airport - The Point of Entry for Many Lebanese

Metro Detroit Airport - The Point of Entry for Many Lebanese