El Al Faces Backlash for Attempts to Accommodate Ultra-Orthodox Passengers Refusing to Sit Next to Women
In 2017, an Israeli court ruled that the practice of requesting women to move to new seats due to the refusal of male flight passengers to sit next to them is illegal
Lilach Baumer | 14:00 26.06.2018
A boycott threat from the CEO of Nasdaq-listed software company Nice Ltd. has led Israeli air carrier El Al to clarify its policy regarding the occasional refusal of ultra-orthodox Jews to be seated next to women on its flights.
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A spokeswoman for El Al declined to comment further on the incident and its facts when approached.
a ban on elal
should the orthodox community react with a'' ban'' against the only airline in the world making problems for the orthodox jew
orthodox, el al and the reality
since the reality in Israel is that there are many orthodox Jews who prefer not to sit next to women, some sort of area in the airplane should be designated for them like the last row. To ask a woman to change seats is OK, to require is NOT OK. But just as the men should realize that it is NOT always possible to accomodate them, there should NOT be any reason not to try to accommodate them. Let us use a bit of sense in resolving this, instead of becoming extremist.....