Last Thursday, El Al passengers arrived at JFK Airport in New York, prepared to board El Al Flight 008 to Israel. Arutz Sheva reports that the flight was scheduled to take off at 8:45pm and land in Israel at 2:20pm on Friday afternoon – just two hours before the start of Shabbos.
However, at check-in the passengers were told the flight would take off half an hour late. “Don’t worry, though, we’ll still arrive in Israel at 2:20, just like we’re scheduled to,” El Al staff told them.
An hour later, technicians arrived and fixed the door, but then pilot discovered he could not move forward, and had to wait for someone to tow the plane to the runway.
Contrary to the attendants’ promises, the flight did not arrive in Israel on schedule, arriving only at 3:35pm. By the time the passengers had cleared customs, taxi service had ended.
“Bottom line, we arrived at 4:35pm, exactly at sunset. And before that, we had to walk, dragging our suitcases, for an hour and a half. Read the full story at Arutz Sheva.