In a statement of comfort, welcoming, tolerance, and coexistence in the Muslim world, the Istanbul airport has introduced a kosher vending machine, in addition to hot kosher meals sold in some of the airport’s lounges.
One of the busiest airports in the world, Jews travelers would often get stuck in layovers without kosher food options earlier, but now they have a flashy new go-to with a smart kosher meal vending machine.
Installed in February, the Kosher Food Point machine has offered sandwiches in the airport’s main mezzanine. All of the airport’s new kosher food is provided by the Istanbul-based caterer La Casa — which means “the home” in Latino — whose proceeds support poor Jewish families in Turkey. The food is certified as kosher by both Denet Gida, an arm of the Turkish rabbinate, and an international certifier, OK Kosher.
Speaking of the development, Rabbi Mendy Chitrik, who helped organize the arrangement, said, “There’s more flights to Tel Aviv than to London. It’s definitely a very important hub where hundreds of thousands of kosher-eating Jews pass through, and sometimes they stopover, sometimes they get stuck.”
Earlier, the Rabbi was frequently contacted by hungry travelers trying to get kosher meals while passing through, and the Rabbi used to personally go deliver food to these Jews. After one time too many, he tweeted about his practice, and surprisingly the airport authorities reached out to him and made kosher food options a reality.