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article imageIsrael taken off Etihad Airways inflight map

By Paul Iddon     Mar 4, 2014 in World
Etihad Airways, a UAE owned airline, has now refused to allow Israelis aboard their flights and has even gone as far as to remove the State of Israel from its inflight map.
Times of Israel reports that its travel map now shows all of the countries in the Middle Eastern region bar Israel -- the area that marks Israel's internationally recognized borders is now simply left blank.
Israel and the UAE do not presently have diplomatic relations.
Forward points out that the airline is the only airline which presently allows Americans to fly directly from the US to Abu Dhabi, the UAE's capital. It also receives $425,000 a year from the United States Department of Homeland Security and has obtained six loan guarantees worth around $1.3 billion since 2009 from a US Federal Agency.
Brisbane Times also referred to a claim that flight agents of that UAE airline have even been taught how to identify Israeli travelers by their "accents and traits".
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