NEW YORK (Sep. 17)
Tower Air has begun a new service to accommodate Orthodox passengers flying between New York and Tel Aviv.
Designated flights have a section where no audio and video entertainment is offered, and passengers are served only by male flight attendants.
The flights serve “superglatt” kosher meals to everyone, including the crew, said Simon Grossman, a senior account executive at Tower Air. Special check-in counters at the airport have been staffed with male passenger agents only.
“We had too many people making requests. I couldn’t fulfill the requests,” Grossman said. “The success of this has been tremendous.”
The requests are restricted to flights before religious holidays and when students travel to Israel to study, after Passover and after Sukkot.
Tower Air is the first airline to change its procedures to accommodate requests by the Orthodox community.