On Saturday Hatari made headlines by holding banners reading “Palestine” when they received their televotes during the Grand Final. And many had worried that the members of Hatari might struggle to get out of Israel as a result.
Fortunately for fans of the anti-capitalist BDSM techno performance art group, Icelandic broadcaster RÚV confirms the group got through security.
However, the journey was not seamless.
Klemens got called up to answer why he had a sewing machine in his luggage.
And it also seems that the banner stunt ruffled some feathers with staff at the airport.
Einar, the silent drummer of the group, took to his private Instagram to repost about some ground crew members at the airport.
It appears staff of Israeli airline El Al deliberately gave Hatari the “worst” seats. The band were placed in middle seats and split up on the first leg of their journey home: a flight from Ben Gurion airpot to London.
In the same post Einar has a picture of his, Matthías’ and Klemens’ boarding passes, which confirms that the three of them were indeed assigned those seats.
This seems to only have been the case with the three male fronts of the performance group. Seating arrangements for the rest of the group has not been addressed.
Hatari’s Palestine banners were not the only demonstration that we saw during this years Grand Final.
One of Madonna’s dancers had the flag on her back during the singer’s performance of “Future”.
Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet has reported that the dancer, Mona Berntsen who herself is Norwegian, got interrogated for 90 minutes at the airport when flying home on Sunday.
Mona herself didn’t want to give any comments about the incident when approached by Dagbladet‘s reporters but had described it in a private Instagram post that has now been deleted, according to the paper’s article.