I mentioned a recent case in London of how ultra-Orthodox Jews tried to enforce their anti-women policies on everyone, in that situation trying to get all women to walk only on one side of the street so that Haredi men would not accidentally touch them.
Now we hear of a case in which ultra-Orthodox men traveling from New York to Tel Aviv for Rosh Hashanah created a fuss on an airplane, trying to create segregated seating and in the process delaying the flight for what one passenger described as “an 11-hour long nightmare”.
Because their beliefs require men and women to be segregated, the ultra-Orthodox men, recognizable by their black hats and curly tendrils over the ears, attempted to trade their pre-assigned seats with other passengers, offering money in some cases, the Israeli news Web site ynetnews.com reported.
The pilot pleaded for them to sit down and the flight finally took off. But after takeoff, chaos erupted.
“I ended up sitting next to a … man who jumped out of his seat the moment we had finished taking off and proceeded to stand in the aisle,” a woman passenger identified only as Galit told Ynet. The man had asked her to move from the seat beside her husband to accommodate his religious beliefs, but she refused.
“People stood in the aisles and refused to go forward,” said Amit Ben-Natan, a passenger who was on board the plane.
“I went to the bathroom and it was a mission impossible, the noise was endless,” Galit said of the men crowding the aisle and praying loudly.
This happened on Israel’s national airline El Al so the crew were likely a lot more conciliatory to this group of obnoxious people than would have been the case in any other airline because the Haredim are very powerful in Israel, which is why they throw their weight around a lot. These people have also loudly complained about inappropriate films being shown and a woman once sued El Al because a flight attendant moved her to the back of the plane to placate a Haredi man.
Looks like we need another Rosa Parks, for planes this time.