The Human Side of the Story

For the week ending 1 September 2007 / 18 Elul 5767

Danger in the Air

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
When the passenger on an El Al plane sat down on his seat he did not feel at all unusual. But when he later had difficulty getting up he realized that his trousers were stuck on a piece of chewing gum.

A damaged suit and the agony experienced certainly entitled him to some compensation, and he sued for 1500 shekalim. The court sympathized with his problem but felt that 800 shekalim was enough.

But this is small time in comparison to the suit filed by a passenger on a plane belonging to a foreign airline.

The complaint in that case was that the overhead baggage compartment unexpectedly opened and a heavy object came crashing down on the passenger's head.

And what was it?

The safety manual!

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