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(CNN) - Critics lashed out Wednesday against the Federal Aviation Administration, which extended its ban on U.S. airlines' flights to and from Tel Aviv, Israel.
Calling the decision a "mistake," Michael Bloomberg - who arrived in Israel on El Al, Israel's national airline - praised Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport as most secure airport on Earth.
"The real world is that there are things going on near airports all over the world. Ben Gurion airport, because Israel has been threatened since it was formed in 1948, is the most secure airport," the former New York mayor told CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
"You have to take reasonable precautions but you cannot shut down everything just because one terrorist someplace on the other side of the world says I'm going to be a threat," he said.