U.S. airlines comply with China's demand for notice of flights through zone
By CNN Staff
updated 8:03 PM EST, Sat November 30, 2013
(CNN) -- Three major U.S. airlines on Saturday confirmed that pilots were complying with Chinese government demands that it be notified of plans to traverse the newly declared air defense zone over the East China Sea.
The demands from Beijing have resulted in tensions with Japan and the United States.
On Saturday, United, American and Delta airlines told CNN that its pilots were following Washington's advice and complying with Beijing's "air defense identification zone."
A senior official in U.S. President Barack Obama's administration said Friday that commercial airlines are being told to abide by Beijing's instruction, even if the U.S. government doesn't recognize it.