Israel’s national carrier is cracking down on controversial policies.
El Al Airlines has announced that her staff “immediately” deplane any passenger who refuses to sit next to another passenger, regardless of the reason.
The news comes just days after two women agreed to move from their assigned seats after four haredi Orthodox men refused to sit by them — also, a decision of the court a prohibition for such action.
On June 22, four Orthodox men flying on an El Al flight from New York John F. Kennedy Airport in Tel Aviv refused their assigned seats next to female passengers, NBC News reported.
The a kerfuffle delay of the flight the scheduled departure time by an hour and 15 minutes, as the flight attendants solved the problem, a witness and Israeli rapper Khen Rotem wrote on Facebook.
JETBLUE FLIGHT INADVERTENTLY SENDS HIJACK ALERT, WHICH LED TO THE GREAT TERROR OF JFK AIRPORT
Israeli Renee Rabinowitz sued El Al for sexism and won, read the story told by @IKershner https://t.co/2e9mhwq2yv pic.twitter.com/hDDT4rvMWX
— FPI (@fpinterrupted) June 22, 2017
Almost a year ago to the day, an Israeli court ruled in a historic decision, that the airline staff don’t ask female passengers to rearrange their seats on the aircraft are appropriate for men.
The case was filed against the carrier in 2015 by Renee Rabinowitz, an 82-year-old Holocaust survivor who was asked to move seats on a flight from Newark, N. J., Tel Aviv, NBC reports.
NICE Systems software CEO Barak Eiliam was quick to condemn El Al’s decision to move the women during the last week of the flight, writing on social media that his company would not fly the Israeli flag-carrier, before it changed its ‘ practice and actions of discriminating [against] women.”
“In FINE that we do not do business with companies that discriminate against race, gender or religion,” he wrote on LinkedIn.
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On 26 June, El Al CEO Gonen Ussishkin made the announcement that “a traveler who refuses to sit next to another traveler will be immediately removed from the flight.”
“Anyone who flies in Israel’s national air carrier, will feel the values that we built our company: egalitarian regardless of religion, race, or gender,” Ussishkin said.
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Representatives of the carrier does not immediately return Fox News’ request for additional comment on the story.
– With AP
Janine Puhak is an editor for Fox News Lifestyle. Follow her on Twitter via @JaninePuhak