In a first and one-of-a-kind attempt at taking Minyanim to the skies, El Al is testing out official, in-flight tefillah services on flights to and from Israel.
According to reports, the airline has informed staff that it will conduct a trial of organized minyanim in the galley at the back of planes. The times of tefilos will be announced before the flight. As it stands, Shacharis will take place if possible exactly at Vasikin time.
The letter sent by the company to cabin staff also emphasized the importance of the timing and instructed matters in the kitchen to be arranged so that davening can take place at precise times.
Also ensuring safety and comfort for other passengers on board, El Al says that the minyanim will not be allowed to spill over into aisles and disturb passengers seated at the back of the plane. In addition, men will be required to wear masks. Furthermore, if weather conditions become threatening during davening times, passengers will be asked to return to their seats.
The changes are most likely the result of the takeover of the airline carrier by Kenny Rozenberg, a wealthy orthodox businessman from Monsey, who pledged to make dramatic improvements to El Al.