Please read these posts first:
- The Captain Of El Al’s Flight #002 Lied To And Tricked His Own Passengers; It’s Time To Realize The Risks Of Taking These Flights
- Did El Al Invent Charedi Violence To Shift The Blame Away From The Airline’s Mistakes? A Timeline And The ATC Audio Where El Al Receives Permission To Return To The Gate!
I posited previously that El Al’s claim of Charedi violence aboard flight #002 seemed like it was invented to shift the narrative away from how their pilot lied to passengers about returning to the terminal in order to get them to sit down. Minutes afterward he requested permission for immediate departure, which led to the flight being diverted to Athens.
El Al claimed that “a group of haredim” requested to get off the plane and “exercised heavy and violent pressure against the cabin crew” in seeking to disembark, and alleged that this caused further delays in taking off.
That created international headlines about the flight diverting due to religious violence about the Sabbath, which was a completely false narrative.
Israel Hayom is reporting that El Al’s CEO Gonen Usishkin has admitted that there was no Charedi violence aboard the flight.
The about-face comes after Israeli media doctored videos of the incident in order to make it look like there was Charedi violence.
It also comes after passengers from flight #002 filed suit against El Al for $2.5MM along with the demand that El Al publicly acknowledge that there was no passenger violence on the flight.
The CEO has ordered a special investigation committee to look into what went wrong with the decision making process aboard flight #002. That committee will process witness accounts and make recommendations for the future.
It’s certainly not a great moment in the history of the airline as it fanned already high tensions between the religious and non-religious factions in Israel, but it’s a positive development that they have started to come clean.
HT: Hocker & Chaikel.