Last week was pretty surreal.
Last Wednesday, United flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark diverted to Cleveland due to thunderstorms. It was the first ever 787-10 in Cleveland.
I found out some 50 kosher keeping passengers, including kids, were on the flight and figured they would be stuck in Cleveland for a while. I only did what I’d love if it was done for me in that situation, I bought a few cases of food from Trader Joe’s as they were closing and drove to the airport with Dr. Shmulie Margolin, who had also gathered together food thanks to Ohio Kosher. We hit some turbulence from a United agent, but eventually got the food through to the passengers, who eventually got home at 4am, some 11 hours after their scheduled arrival time.
It was a nice story, but my jaw hit the ground when I saw the story on the front page of the Cleveland Plain Dealer:
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Never in my wildest dreams did I think bringing kosher food to the airport for 50 passengers would be #FrontPageNews of the 19th largest newspaper in the US. Link to article in bio. Just goes to show that as the #AlterRebbe and #TheRebbe said, a little bit of light dispels a lot of darkness. The 2nd temple was destroyed by #BaselessHatred. Let's all do #RandomActsOfKindness and merit a 3rd. Also credit where credit is due, thanks to talented @elliebphoto for the published headshot on the inside page of the article 🙂
United flight 85’s bad luck didn’t end there.
Yesterday there were also thunderstorms in Newark, but this time United flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark diverted to a much closer airport, Boston:
Their return flight from Boston to Newark was cancelled though. Hopefully they were able to make it to Brookline for some kosher food 🙂
Meanwhile, United flight 84 from Newark to Tel Aviv yesterday was also cancelled:
United flight 90 from Newark to Tel Aviv yesterday took off today after a 14 hour delay:
Yesterday’s diversion caused today’s United flight 85 from Tel Aviv to Newark to be cancelled:
And yesterday’s delayed flight 90 means that United flight 91 from Tel Aviv to Newark today is currently showing a 9.5 hour delay and will instead depart tomorrow:
So, who’s on first again?
Oh the joys of air travel through NYC. Maybe American is onto something with their Dallas service to Tel Aviv after all? Though I would love to see United fight back with Chicago or Houston service to Tel Aviv.
Were you on any of these United flights?