El Al Diverts Flight After Religious Passengers Cause Uproar Over Shabbat Scare
Ultra-Orthodox accused of violence on two planes from New York due to fears they would arrive after sundown Friday
17 November 2018
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL — Ultra-Orthodox passengers onboard a pair of Israel-bound El Al planes that took off from New York on Thursday caused an uproar, with some reportedly becoming violent, over fears they would be mid-flight after the start of the Jewish Shabbat.
One of the planes, which took off late from JFK, ultimately diverted to Athens. The second plane was also considering diverting, to Rome, but in the end continued its flight to Ben Gurion Airport as scheduled, because of a medical condition affecting one passenger.
Both of the flights had been delayed by hours on Thursday due to stormy weather in the Midwest and East Coast that led to the delay or cancellation of hundreds of flights. […]