Passengers on Iberia Airline’s flight 3316 from Madrid to Tel-Aviv were surprised to hear the captain’s announcement just a few minutes before landing: “We will soon be landing in Tel-Aviv which is in the state of Palestine,” the captain declared.
Lior, a passenger on Iberia flight 3316 told Channel 2 news that he was shocked by the announcement.
“The entire flight immediately started whispering. We live in Israel and I don’t understand why he wouldn’t say the name if our country. He had purposely said it in English so we would understand. It was deliberate – especially during these tense days Israel is going through.” Another passenger added: “It is not acceptable, everyone noticed it.”
A spokesperson for the airline apologized for the incident and said that the airline has many flights flying back and fourth from Israel and that the company is well aware of the fact that Tel-Aviv is in the state of Israel. Moreover, the spokesperson added that the company would investigate the incident and that the pilot would no longer be allowed to fly to Israel in the near future.