British airline wipes Israel off the map
This is, however, the same airline that fired a flight attendant because she refused to wear funny clothes and walk behind the men on Saudi Arabia flights.
Passengers were shocked to discover that Israel had been wiped off the map by Britain’s BMI airline, which omitted the Jewish state from its digital charts on flights from London to Tel Aviv.
Neither Jerusalem nor Tel Aviv itself, which is Israel’s largest city, were shown on the airline’s in-flight map. However, the orientation of Mecca, Islam’s holiest site, was displayed on screens as well as the northern Israeli city of Haifa, written as “Khefa” — the city’s Arab name under the British Mandate before the war of independance in 1948.
BMI insisted that the map had not been drawn with an anti-Israel or political agenda in mind — rather the aircraft in question were recently bought from a bankrupt charter company that largely flew to Arab countries.
“For this reason the in-flight entertainment system in the two planes was made to adapt to the passengers flying to and from those destinations and therefore the map showed mainly places holy to Islam … If BMI had any political agenda in order not to anger neighbouring countries, it would not have invested so much in the Tel Aviv line,” the airline said.