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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Back in Israel

I'm back in Israel tonight as some of you might have suspected by the prolonged silence. I came back through JFK and Rome. At JFK, I didn't have time to log in. In Rome, I bought an hour's worth of time and then it told me that the log-in information I cut and pasted was no good. I'll have to argue with that bill when it arrives.

And guess which airline is the only one to mess up my Kosher meal (twice in fact) in three round trips to the US in the last three months.... Can anyone guess?


At 12:09 AM, Blogger Eliyahu in Shilo said...

Al Italia?

Welcome home Carl and Shabbat Shalom.

At 12:19 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...



At 1:02 AM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

El-Al, no doubt

At 1:24 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...



The first time I didn't complain about it because there were extra meals on board. This time I was furious. Especially because American skipped breakfast on my flight to Rome, so I hadn't eaten since last night.

At 11:59 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I knew the answer. They've messed me up so many times. Prior confirmations over the phone are of no avail when we arrive at checkin and our meal request has magically disappeared from our reservation.

They once did this to almost all of us on a transcontinental flight - in both directions - even after they apologized and assured us that all was fixed for the return leg of the trip.

It's all easily computerized, yet El Al fumbles it so many times. Nim'as Li!

At 1:19 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy Guy,

I honestly don't think they care.

The stewardess very proudly showed me how my name was not on the list, and then assured me that it's 'Kosher.' Yes, it's Kosher, at the lowest possible standards, if you ignore issues of how they use the oven and how they re-use the silverware (they used real silverware on yesterday's flight). And no, I was not the only one.

Swiss and American (twice) found me Kosher meals. Only El Al didn't.

And by the way, if you get to the airport and they don't have a Kosher meal, they insist they need 24 hours. I tried fixing that mistake in London two years ago (after Mrs. Carl and I got only one Kosher meal on the way out), and they insisted they couldn't do it because we only called 22 hours before the flight. You could take it by horse and buggy from Hermolis' plant to Heathrow in that time.


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