We have previously discussed flights delayed by Jewish ultra-Orthodox who refuse to sit next to women. Rather than remove these men for delaying a flight, airlines bizarrely coerce women to yield to their demands in moving their seats. Just a week ago, an El Al flight was delayed by ultra-Orthodox men refusing to take their seats. Now, an Austrian Airlines plane was delayed at Ben Gurion Airport for 40 minutes late due to the refusal of 26 ultra-Orthodox men to be seated by women. Again, there is no consideration for the other passengers, particularly the women who are singled out for requests to move to other seats to accommodate these men. Worse yet, because Austrian Airlines decided to accommodate the demands of these men, other passengers missed their connecting flights.
When the pilot asked the group to sit down, they refused until women agreed to move their seats.
It has been years of this utter nonsense and abuse of women, but finally El Al CEO Gonen Usishkin said that, in the future, any passenger who refuses seating “will be immediately removed from the flight.” This occurred however after women filed lawsuits and threatened boycotts over their abusive treatment. Why should it take years and litigation to get the airline to take the obvious step of removing these unruly passengers. If these men cannot abide sitting next to a woman, they can buy tickets in seats next to each other. Problem solved.
Nevertheless, United Torah Judaism MK Yisrael Eichler attacked the women who objected to their mistreatment, declaring their complaints to be “malicious . . . anti-Semitic libel.” He is now threatening a boycott if the airlines dare to say that ultra-orthodox men cannot hold up flights until women move to segregated seating: “I’m telling El Al that if you give in to the terrorism of Haredi-hating groups and remove a passenger who behaved properly and asked nicely to sit next to a man, we will remove hundreds of thousands of your passengers every year. Terror against terror.”