U.S.-funded Arab airline bans Israeli travelers, erases Israel off its maps

An Etihad Airways plane. Credit: J. Patrick Fischer via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) Etihad Airways, the official airline of the United Arab Emirates and a recipient of U.S. Homeland Security money, refuses to allow Israelis onboard and has erased Israel from its flight maps, the New York Post reported.

According to the New York Post, the carrier on its official travel-route map shows the countries surrounding the Jewish state, including Jordan, Iraq, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, and Cyprus, but not Israel nor its major cities.

As a partner with American Airlines, Etihad receives $425,000 a year from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for a pre-clearance customs facility at the UAE’s Abu Dhabi International Airport, which allows U.S. citizens to bypass long security lines.

Additionally, Etihad refuses to transport Israelis. In 2010 the airline began teaching its flight attendants how to identify their “accents and traits,” the BBC reported.  Etihad is the only airline that provides service between Abu Dhabi and New York, Chicago, and Washington, DC. 

Posted on March 4, 2014 .