U.S. shipper UPS halts overflights of Russia

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A United Parcel Service (UPS) logo is seen on a car in center of Warsaw January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

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WASHINGTON, March 1 (Reuters) - U.S.-based United Parcel Service Inc (UPS.N) said Tuesday it has halted overflights of Russia as the White House continues to debate whether to close U.S. airspace to Russia.

A UPS spokesman said the company has "put contingency plans in place to continue serving customers, while not flying in restricted areas. That includes not overflying Russia." American Airlines and Delta Air Lines (DAL.N) both said Monday they have halted overflights of Russia as well.

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Reporting by David Shepardson

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