I have reservations on El Al to travel from JFK to Israel on July 5th and return on July 15th.
My US passport expires on January 10, 2016.
The airline told me that they would not let me board because Jan 10 is less than 6 months from July 15th,
At various times El Al customer service reps and a supervisor said it was due to a TSA regulation, a US State Department Regulation, and an Israel requirement. I checked with those sources and was told they have no such requirement, but that some airlines do.
Why would an airline require a passport 6 months after the last date of travel?
Should I jump through the hoops (and spend the money) to get an expedited passport renewal, or just show up at the airport?