British airline apologizes for deleting Israel from map
BMI, which recently added Israel to its roster of destinations, says technical mistake to blame.
British airline BMI apologized Thursday for deleting Israel from an electronic map that appears on its flights.
Army Radio reported earlier that BMI's London-Tel Aviv flights, Israel and most of its cities weren't marked in order to avoid angering Muslim passengers. Only Haifa was identified - by its Arab name, Khefa.
In its apology, BMI said the plane bearing the map was acquired from a now-defunct airline that flew to several Arab countries in the Middle East, and the map highlighted locations including the Muslim holy city of Mecca.
BMI says the airline asked for the map to be removed once it took over the planes, but there had been a technical mistake.
The airline will provide new maps and BMI will use different aircraft in the meantime for its twice-daily flights to Israel.
BMI also said it was making every effort not to hurt passengers' feelings by adopting a nonpolitical position.
BMI operates flights from England to many popular Muslim destinations, including Syria, Lebanon and Iran, but has also recently launched an agreement with the Tourism Ministry to add Israel to its roster.