We see more than enough of Christian and Muslim misogynists and authoritarians, how about some Jewish ones? On a flight from New York to Israel, a large group of ultra-Orthodox Jews of the Haredi sect caused huge problems by refusing to sit next to women on the plane.
However, things didn’t go so smoothly on one El Al flight carrying a large group of haredim, as well as secular Jews, that departed from New York’s JFK and landed in Israel at 5 am Wednesday.
According to the passengers who were on the plane, their fellow ultra-Orthodox travelers refused to sit next to women prior to the takeoff, which not only delayed the flight, but caused actual chaos to ensue on the plane.
“People stood in the aisles and refused to go forward,” said Amit Ben-Natan, a passenger who was on board the plane.
“Although everyone had tickets with seat numbers that they purchased in advance, they asked us to trade seats with them, and even offered to pay money, since they cannot sit next to a woman. It was obvious that the plane won’t take off as long as they keep standing in the aisles.”
Passengers claimed that though the El Al flight crew informed them they do not have to agree to a switch, the flight’s captain said over the PA system that the flight would not take off as long as people were standing.“This is completely inconsiderate of the non-haredi travelers. I don’t know many airlines that would allow their passengers to act like that,” said Bar Natan.
Galit, another traveler on the flight, said the ultra-orthodox passengers suggested she and her spouse split up to better accommodate their desired seating arrangements: “Why should I agree to switch places?” she said with anger.
After she refused, the haredi man seated next to her conceded, but it was only temporary: “I ended up sitting next to a haredi man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the isle.”
It seems that after takeoff a large portion of the haredi travelers took to the isles to pray which, according to their fellow travelers, crowded the isles and caused the flight to be unbearable.
“I went to the bathroom and it was a mission impossible, the noise was endless,” Galit said.
They should have removed them from the plane and left without them. Every single one of them. You don’t want to be near women, get your ass off and swim to Israel.