Orthodox: Naked airport scans 'a necessity'

By Robyn Rosen, March 18, 2010

The strictly Orthodox community has given its support to new airport security scanners which produce "naked" images, saying it "understands it is a necessity".

Manchester Airport trialled the invasive scanners before the government decided to implement them nationally in February, beginning with Manchester and Heathrow, after the attempt by the so-called "Underwear Bomber" to attack a flight to Detroit.

The scanners produce a three-dimensional image which can reveal concealed weapons and explosives, but the image also shows details of the passenger's naked body.


No church or mosque for Ben Gurion airport

By Anshel Pfeffer, November 26, 2009

Plans to build a church and mosque at Ben Gurion Airport have been stymied by Charedi pressure.

The new Terminal Three, which serves 95 per cent of the flights leaving Ben Gurion, was originally planned to include prayer areas for all three monotheistic religions but when the terminal began to operate five years ago it included only a synagogue. In addition there is a booth operated by the Lubavitch movement.


Pray with Easyjet

By Simon Rocker, November 26, 2009

If you recall, easyJet told us last week that they would be happy to allow a minyan on board their Tel Aviv-London routes but were unaware of any having taken place.

Well, I am pleased to update you. A Londoner flying back home has informed me that a few days ago he was approached by a member of the cabin crew asking him for the name of the evening prayer.

Whereupon an announcement duly came over the tannoy from the pilot inviting passengers to daven ma’ariv.

Now that’s what I call in-flight service. Wait till they making calls for grace after meals.


New York for high-fliers

By Richard Burton, November 5, 2009

When the stewardess says we have to take off with half a tank of fuel because the runway’s too short and the plane needs to shed a few pounds to make it into the air, you do wonder.

You find yourself looking at the waistlines of other passengers and wondering if maybe they should take the Jumbo from Gatwick.


Money mensch: Return to Israel for £100

By Martin Lewis, November 5, 2009

As of Monday, easyJet is now offering a return service from Luton to Tel Aviv.

However, there are no fixed prices — it operates a demand-based system, so the higher the demand, the pricier the tickets.

However, the airline has expanded its date-range, meaning you can book further ahead. In fact, you can currently book for flights up to the end of September 2010 and of course, the earlier you book, the cheaper your flight will be.


Tel Aviv gets bus publicity drive in UK

October 8, 2009

EasyJet’s new flights to Tel Aviv, which start next month, will be promoted by a high-profile campaign in the heart of London next week.

A double-decker bus will tour the capital, bringing the tastes and crafts of a Tel Aviv street market to various locations.

The campaign, jointly mounted by easyJet and the Israeli Embassy, also celebrates the centenary of Tel Aviv.

Ambassador Ron Prosor commented: “Tel Aviv has always been famous for its oranges.


Dog flies first class — for $32,000

By Jessica Elgot, August 13, 2009

An Israeli woman has paid El Al $32,000 to reserve the whole of a business class section of a flight from Paris to Tel Aviv for herself and her boxer dog “Or”, whom she refused to leave alone in the hold.

The 60-year-old woman, who gave her name only as “Rivkah,” said she wanted to make sure that she would be able to calm him down. Rivkah hired a vet to accompany them on the flight.


El Al set to launch no-frills Euro fares

By Jan Shure, Travel Editor, July 23, 2009

El Al is set to launch cheap, no-frills fares for some of its European flights.

From November, Israel’s national airline will face competition from easyJet, Europe’s leading low-cost airline, which is to launch a route between London and Tel Aviv.

El Al is to test the no-frills market with low-cost seats on flights between Tel Aviv and Rome. A spokesman for the airline in London said there were no plans “at present” to introduce the cheap flights to London.

“We are starting the cheap flights as an experiment on the Tel Aviv-Rome route in September,” he said.


Israelis run late, but love duty free shops

April 2, 2009

Israeli travellers pack at the last minute, but will do anything to secure a duty-free airport bargain and so are more likely to arrive early at the airport.

And, extraordinarily enough, despite their legendary short tempers, Israelis are apparently more tolerant than their European counterparts.

The unusual findings appear in a survey commissioned by British Airways to identify passenger travel habits in Israel and Europe.


El Al to fly from Luton

By Jan Shure, March 26, 2009

El Al is to add six additional flights each week from London to Tel Aviv, starting in May.

The airline announced yesterday that it is to operate a third daily flight from the UK. The additional flights, from Sunday to Friday, will be from Luton. Low-cost airline Thomson, which has been flying to Tel Aviv from Luton since November 2007, is to discontinue flights after Passover.

Uri Danor, El Al’s UK vice-president said he was “excited” about the new venture. “We have had good co-operation from Luton to enable us bring this service to the market,” he said.