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Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:39 pm

Hello everyone,
I will be flying on El-Al ( LY ) JFK-TLV on Jan 8. Any idea what to expect securitywise?
Any comments would be appreciated

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RE: Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Mon Dec 29, 2008 5:11 pm


I flew ELAL JFK-TLV last year for birthright. We flew a packed 772 there, and I flew the 744 back. Security wasn't my biggest fan, so I was asked lots of questions. It didn't help that I didn't know hebrew and hadn't had a bar mitzvah. Coming back, I had a bunch of security. At that point, I was flying alone and had spent two weeks after Israel in Egypt. They basically made me empty my suitcase, and I got extra security every time I went through a security checkpoint.

Service is hit or miss. I think the food was decent. The IFE is okay. The screens on the 744 are tiny, so the 772 is a bit nicer and much newer.

Have a great flight and enjoy your time in Israel!.
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RE: Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:03 pm

Quoting Vohiv239 (Thread starter):
Any idea what to expect securitywise?

Generally, LY's security procedures are tighter than any other airline in the US.

With that said, your nationality, ethnicity, religion and complexity play a role in how tight security procedures for you will be - especially when you fly OUT of TLV.

At the end of the day, they are professionals. Be respectful and cooperative and answer all their questions truthfully.

I fly to and from TLV about 6 to 10 times a year. I do 99% of my flying on CO... I tried DL and LY twice.... not a fan. Security is always tight but they're very professionals

Enjoy your flights and be safe..

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RE: Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Mon Dec 29, 2008 6:51 pm

I wrote a trip report about a similar flight. You might want to check it out:

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RE: Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:01 pm

Quoting PDXtriple7 (Reply 1):
I flew ELAL JFK-TLV last year for birthright

Nice. I'm doing birthright too  Smile
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RE: Flying El-Al In 10 Days

Tue Dec 30, 2008 4:08 am

The stamps on your passport make a difference too, if you're traveling to Israel you might want to avoid traveling to any Middle Eastern / Arabic countries before. It'll save some trouble and questioning, as the security should be increased dramatically now given the current situation between Israel and Palestine.

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