Two El Al flights from Tel Aviv were delayed last night and this morning, leading to tremendous inconveniences for many travelers.
Reports that the pilots simply didn’t show up to work were denied by El Al, despite such claims by El Al employees at the airport.
The first flight was from Tel Aviv to Barcelona. It was scheduled for takeoff at 9 a.m. but was delayed.
The other one, an overnight flight to Newark, New Jersey, was delayed for about eight hours this morning.
Matzav.com spoke to several people with relatives on the flight, including talmidim of the yeshivos of Brisk (Rav Avrohom Yehoshua Soloveitchik) and Mir Yerushalayim.
The flight arrived in Newark not long ago, and while some people had hoped to get home in time for Shabbos, many of them will be put up at local hotels, we are told.
Askanim, including Misaskim’s indefatigable director Yanky Meyer, were working to ensure that the travelers would get through customs quickly.