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Israel left off British in-flight map

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JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli passengers complained to a British airline after Israel was not included on the in-flight map.

The BMI airline runs two low-cost flights from London to Tel Aviv daily and also flies to countries such as Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

The airline said the map, which showed the distance to Mecca and other Muslim holy sites, and identified Haifa as Khefa — the Arab name for the city pre-1948 — was tailored to its passengers destined for Arab countries. The two planes bound for Israel that featured the controversial maps originally had been scheduled to fly to an Arab country, according to reports. 

A company statement called the showing of the map on a flight to Tel Aviv a "logistic failure" and said the map will be removed from planes flying to Israel, according to Ha’aretz.

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