El Al downplayed claims that a flight last month was delayed for an hour after a group of charedim refused to take their seats next to women, and instead said the stall was in fact only a matter of minutes.
According to initial reports from passengers on the Tel-Aviv bound flight, the aircraft was delayed for over an hour at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
However Times of Israel reported an eyewitness who claimed that, “the whole business with the Haredim didn’t take more than five minutes,” adding that a 45-minute delay had already been announced before boarding.
“The details that were reported about the incident were not accurate, to put it mildly,” El Al wrote in a response to a Times of Israel report. “In actual fact, the delay was totally unconnected to the incident. The plane’s journey to the runway at the airport in New York took about one hour and had nothing to do with the incident.”
In any case, the incident eventually resolved itself after two women agreed to switch seats so that the charedi men could avoid sitting next to them.
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