Friday, May 1, 2009

Air Dhimmi

The UK airline BMI (formerly British Midlands) is plumbing the depths of flight 'etiquette'. It reportedly has removed Israel from the electronic maps displayed to passengers in some of its planes to avoid offending Muslim passengers. Khefa, the pre-independence Arabic name for Haifa, appears on the maps, as does Mecca.

In addition, an internal memo apparently states that, for flights bound for Saudi Arabia: “It is expected that female crew members will walk behind their male counterparts in public areas such as airports no matter what rank.”

A female flight attendant, Lisa Ashton, refused to abide by BMI’s policy. She was fired when she refused to travel to Saudi Arabia if she would be required to don an abaya (robe). (Thanks to Smooth Stone.)

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