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El Al Airlines, the national airline of Israel

El Al Airlines will no longer tolerate passengers who refuse to sit in their ticketed seats, according to a statement Monday evening by the company’s chief executive officer.

CEO Gonen Ussishkin said that Israel as a country is built as an egalitarian society, with individuals equal to one another regardless of religion, race or gender. Likewise, he said, El Al is built on similar values, and “in order to remove any doubt, I updated the company’s procedures on this issue.


“In the future, a passenger who refuses to sit next to another passenger will be immediately removed from the flight,” Ussishkin said.

The CEO, appointed to the top spot this past January, was previously deputy director of El Al’s ‘Up!’ low-cost subsidiary airline. He succeeded CEO David Maimon in the post.


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.