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Unions Threaten To Ground El Al Flights Sunday

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Unions at El Al, Arkia and Israir Airlines announced Thursday they will ground all planes beginning Sunday if the government carries outs plan to approve the open skies agreement at Sunday’s weekly Cabinet meeting.

El Al workers committee chairman Asher Edry told Globes, “We demand that all the promises made to us before the agreement was signed, i.e. the issuing of slots at key European airports, code-sharing with foreign airlines, which have been blocked, and so forth, be implemented in full.”

Histadrut Transport Workers Union chairman Avi Edry said, “The agreement in its present form will destroy Israeli aviation and cost tens of thousands of jobs in the industry without protecting Israeli aviation and will make Israeli airlines hostages paying for passenger security, landing rights at key airports, and so on.”

El Al also is against the agreement. Its CEO Eliezer Shkedy has stated that the open skies agreement will result in greater competition in the aviation industry and harm the company’s business.

Travelers to and from Israel are advised to follow updates Saturday night before arriving at the airport for flights that might be affected by a strike.

‘Plastic Bag’ Airplane Passenger a Kohen Staying Pure?

Friday, April 12th, 2013

An Orthodox Jewish man, wrapped in a plastic bag in his airline seat, apparently did so because he was probably a Kohen who went to extreme lengths to make sure he would not be ritually impure if the plane flew over a Jewish cemetery.

Kohenim are prohibited from coming into contact with dead bodies, and many rabbis have taken the strict opinion that a Kohen may not ride in a plane if he knows ahead of time that it will fly directly over a Jewish cemetery. Many have ruled that if does not know of the flight plan, he may ride in the airplane.

El Al once agreed to change a fight trajectory to avoid flying over a cemetery.

The man wrapped in plastic, whose photograph first appeared on the Redditor site and later on the Gothamist site, apparently did not want to take any chances. By covering himself in plastic, he established a separation between him and impurities.

However, since he arrived at his destination safe and sound, it can be assumed there was a hole in the plastic bag so he could breathe.

Some readers of Redditor suggested that “plastic man” was making sure he would not come into contact with the woman sitting behind him, but that is doubtful since it is unlikely he carried a plastic covering “just in case.”

Or maybe he simply wanted some attention.

El Al Cancels 3 Flights to NY

Monday, October 29th, 2012

Due to Hurricane Sandy, El Al has canceled 3 flights to New York.

Flights 001, 027, and 007 (Tuesday) have been canceled, as well as return flights to Tel Aviv.

El Al is allowing passengers on the canceled flights to reschedule to different flights, at no extra charge.

Woman Dies on El Al Flight

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

An American woman died on El Al’s Tel Aviv-New York flight on Tuesday.

Medical personnel that happened to be on the flight tried to save her, but weren’t able to. She died 6 hours into the flight.

The woman’s family in New York were informed by El Al, and were waiting at the airport.

El Al Interrupts Cairo Service

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Citing high costs and a sharp reduction in reservations, El Al has announced that it is about to stop its regular flights to and from Cairo, Egypt.

Israel and Egypt have kept aviation ties since the signing of the peace treaty more than 30 years ago.

From Discount Airline Tickets to Staying in the Land of Israel

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

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Yochanan Danziger joins Yishai.  Together, they talk about how Israel’s national airline, El Al sold thousands of tickets at a huge discount due to a computer error and how this error actually increased interest in Israel among Jews that would not normally be interested.  Yishai talks about the need to find a way to reduce ticket prices for Jews wanting to visit Israel.  They move on to talk to the large Shabbat dinners that are hosted by Danziger in the old city of Jerusalem and how guests that would not normally become emotional are emotional when talking about the Land of Israel.  The segment ends with talking about how difficult it is for many to return to their countries of origin after realizing the importance of Israel in their lives.

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Florida Woman Sues El Al for Making her Give her Seat to a Haredi Man

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Debra Ryder, a Jewish resident of Florida and an El Al passenger, is asking the carrier for 50,000 shekel ($12,500) in compensation for allegedly switching her seat on a flight from the U.S., after a Haredi man refused to sit next to her. She claims that the flight attendant moved her without her expressed consent to a seat in the back of the plane, a location that did not meet her medical needs.

Ryder is seeking the compensation for emotional distress and gender discrimination.

“In his quiet way, the flight steward hinted that they were religious, that they saw me, and that they were not prepared to get up from their seats,” Ryder told IDF Radio. “It was clear that the flight attendant did not know how to deal with the situation. They didn’t even ask me and I was humiliated. If they had asked, it would have felt different. I never thought I’d have such an experience.”

Ryder’s attorney Orly Erez-Likhovsky, of the Israel Religious Action Center, sent a letter to El Al demanding that it set clear instructions to employees on how to act in such cases.

El Al said in response, “El Al flight attendants, who are in the front line of service with passengers, are faced with varied requests, and try to help as much as they can. The passenger’s complaint will be examined and dealt with.”

El Al Dithers on Honoring Cheap Fares

Thursday, August 9th, 2012

An El Al spokesperson said the airline had not decided whether or not to honor round-trip tickets to Israel that were offered erroneously for prices as low as $330.

On Wednesday afternoon, the airline issued the following statement via Twitter: “Thanks for your patience. Details/decisions re incorrect fares that were briefly sold on Monday are not finalized. We will update tomorrow.”

The announcement came two days after El Al codeshare flights from several U.S. cities to Israel went on sale for bargain-basement prices due to an error by a subcontractor handling El Al’s winter promotional fares. The round-trip tickets ranging from $330 to $460, including all taxes and fees, were for travel between November and March and included layovers in Europe.

On Monday, El Al said via Twitter that it would honor the tickets, which reportedly numbered in the thousands.

“An outside company posted incorrect fares on travel websites, so all tickets sold will indeed be honored,” the company wrote at around 6 p.m., once the inexpensive prices were no longer available.

But on Tuesday, the airline appeared to backtrack, suggesting in a comment to The New York Jewish Week and later in emails to JTA that El Al had not decided conclusively whether or not to honor the purchases.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said it found out about the incident late Tuesday. A department spokesman, Bill Mosley, told JTA that “We’re looking into it.“

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