El Al Flight Becomes “11-Hour-Nightmare” When Haredi Demand To Be Shielded From Women September 26, 2014

El Al Flight Becomes “11-Hour-Nightmare” When Haredi Demand To Be Shielded From Women

You’d think that El Al, the Israeli national airline, would know how to accommodate religious flyers, including the ultra-Orthodox. But the crazy (and the over-entitled) was strong on this flight:

An El-Al flight from New York to Tel Aviv was turned into an “11-hour nightmare” after hundreds of ultra-Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to sit next to women. According to those on board the flight descended into chaos because of their demands.

The flight was full with Israelis, secular, orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jews — known as Haredim — flying home to celebrate Rosh Hashanah. Even though the passengers had been pre-assigned seats before boarding, the ultra-Orthodox Jews refused to accept the arrangements because their beliefs required that men and women were segregated.


As the aircraft prepared to take off, the haredi men, distinguishable by their black suits and in many cases wide-brimmed black hats, stood in the aisles rather than sit down, delaying the departure.

Next time, if they feel that strongly about it, maybe they could consider chartering their own plane, rather than trying to make secular passengers of both genders conform to their over-the-top, religion-inspired sexism.

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

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