El Al captain speaks to JFK control tower
The captain of an El Al plane from New York's JFK Airport to Israel was redirected to Athens to disdain the Sabbath.
He wanted the air traffic control to allow the passengers to stop as soon as possible, so that his passengers began to "make problems" by recording radio communications at the airport.
The flight was delayed due to a snow storm that led to the cancellation of many flights.
The captain may be heard trying to explain to the flight controller that he still doesn't know whether he can take off or not, and the situation seems to have caused a great deal of confusion even in the cockpit.
"We have problems with some of our passengers, we will get updates in 1-2 minutes," he told the air traffic controller. He asked him to wait a few minutes on the track, so he could check that "if we could continue or go back to the door".
The captain thanked him for letting him stand on the runway and said: "We appreciate the journey as soon as possible (otherwise passengers will continue to make trouble."
A few minutes later, the Jumbo 747 set out on the way to Ben-Gurion Airport, but was directed to Athens due to the Shabbat.
A passenger in flight wrote an article on Facebook, detailing the aggressive behavior of some passengers.
"Six hours before the flight, I cried and saw a flight attendant crying after a passenger threatened her, she pushed it, and threatened to break the cockpit so as not to violate Shabbat," wrote Roni Meital. ”I found myself standing and guarding the flight attendants flying around… The Sabbath monitoring seems larger than loving your neighbor.“
On Monday, El Al CEO & Gonen Ussishkin set up an investigation committee to investigate the incident. "I decided to set up an inquiry commission to study all the incidents and all the testimonies and allegations during the flight 002, in order to draw conclusions and in particular to avoid repetition of such incidents." . "The Committee will present its conclusions and recommendations as soon as possible and then make decisions on the issue."
“We find ourselves in the middle of a polarizing discourse and mutual accusations. This is contrary to our principles and values as a national carrier with the flag of the state and the aircraft of the plane of Israel. "The CEO added.
On the plane there were 70 ultra-Orthodox passengers who had been moving in an irregular manner before the flight and had requested permission to go ashore. "The flight crew has worked in a way that failed to place them and promised to come one and a half hours before the Sabbath."
"Nevertheless, the group of religious people continued with their rebellious, unprocessed behavior and, as a result, was postponed. After about an hour they agreed to sit down and we set off."