The diplomatic fallout from the Belarusian interception of a commercial plane and arrest of a dissident journalist onboard continued 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 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.”

Here’s what to know about where, when and why flight restrictions tend to be imposed.

What to know

  • When are flight restrictions deemed necessary?
  • Will the U.S. restrict flights over Belarus?
  • How are international flights being impacted by the deviations?
  • What does Belarus stand to lose?