NYTimes: When a Plane Seat Next to a Woman Is Against Orthodox Faith

A growing number of airline passengers, particularly on trips between the United States and Israel, are now sharing stories of conflicts between ultra-Orthodox Jewish men trying to follow their faith and women just hoping to sit down. Several flights from New York to Israel over the last year have been delayed or disruptedover the issue, and with social media spreading outrage and debate, the disputes have spawned a protest initiative, an online petition and a spoof safety video from a Jewish magazine suggesting a full-body safety vest (“Yes, it’s kosher!”) to protect ultra-Orthodox men from women seated next to them on airplanes.


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1 Comment

  • Aliya says:

    If you don’t want anyone sitting next to you, then you should book and pay for an empty seat next to you. Just saying.

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