Orthodox Jewish passengers on this weekend’s now infamous El Al ‘Shabbos Flight’ are suing Israel’s national airline for nearly $2.5 million, along with a demand that the airline publicly admit that claims of passenger violence were false.
Last Thursday, El Al Flight LY002, which had been scheduled to depart at 6:30 p.m. Thursday but was delayed due to snow storms, took off with reassurances from the pilot that the flight would reach Israel before Shabbos despite leaving hours past schedule.
Just three hours before landing, the captain informed passengers that the plane would be stopping in Athens to drop off religious passengers and would continue to Israel on Shabbos for the secular passengers.
In what became a viral social media claim, rumors spread that the charedi passengers aboard the flight began rioting and became violent when they realized they would not be arriving in Israel before Shabbos. Passengers aboard the flight, including news reporters, denied the claims of violence and said that at no point did anyone attack the flight crew or attempt to break into the cockpit.
In response to the controversial decision by El Al, some 180 passengers from the El Al flight have joined a lawsuit, demanding a refund for their tickets and 50,000 shekels ($13,515) each in damages.
Passengers have also demanded that El Al release a public statement admitting that there was no violence on the part of passengers during the flight, contrary to claims which went viral on social media over the weekend.
Read more at Arutz Sheva.