The British airline BMI recently had the state of Israel removed from an in-flight map during a flight to Tel Aviv. But don’t think the British suddenly decided to make a bold statement on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. There’s actually an explanation for this. It was a mistake.
Apparently, BMI recently purchased two planes from a company that mainly flew to Muslim countries. According to a statement from BMI, the in-flight system in these planes was adapted to mainly show places holy to Islam. The airline had asked that the maps be removed but a technical mistake prevented that from happening. Of course, Israeli passengers were furious and complained to the authorities.
The Israeli transport ministry responded to this whole thing by saying that “Doing business with Israel has its advantages and disadvantages, but we will not agree to a situation where they hide the existence of Israel but want to do business with Israel.” Isn’t that what Arab countries do?