A passenger aboard a Hainan Airlines flight to Israel noticed that the word “Israel” was not featured on the in-flight navigation map. However, the “Palestinian Territories” was listed on the map.
The map Photo Credit: Channel 2 News
A passenger aboard a Hainan Airlines flight from Beijing to Israel wanted to see how the plane was progressing toward its destination and thus took a look at the in-flight navigation map. However, he was surprised when he saw that the plane’s destination on the screen was listed as the “Palestinian Territories” and not Israel.
“I was surprised to see that the name of the State of Israel was removed from the navigation map and the flight data,” wrote the surprised passenger in a Facebook post. “The plane’s destination was Tel Aviv, this is how a Chinese passenger would see it. What will he think to himself? How does this make us look?”
“I’m not writing this post from a political standpoint but because I’m a proud Israeli citizen who recognizes that Israel’s sovereignty is being violated,” he continued.
Hainan Airlines stated in response: “We thank you for contacting us and turning our attention to this regrettable technical mistake. The airline is working to fix the maps as soon as possible along with the external software supplier. We would like to mention that the word ‘Israel’ clearly appears on the maps in the zoomed-in view. We will continue to promote Israel as a tourist destination in China just as we have always done with a lot of pride.”