El Al Gets Creative In New Economy Plus Promo

El Al Airlines has gotten creative – and pretty hilarious – in a promo video for their new Economy Plus seating. The video, above, made us laugh, as it mocks the crazy excuses people use to get upgrades, ranging from false pregnancies to fake names.

What do you think?

Psst, they’re also having a contest.

“Like” their Facebook page for a chance to win two round-trip economy plus tickets to Israel. No excuses needed.

El Al to Nigerian pilgrims: No way on our flights

El Al, Israel‘s airline, has banned thousands of pilgrims from Nigeria from traveling to Israel. Security is the reason given. The Tourism Ministry, according to the Associated Press, says that this move will screw up the travel plans for 28,000 Nigerian Christians from Abuja in the next few months.

The Nigerian pilgrimage season starts in late October and continues through January, and a subsidiary of El Al was hoping to cover the route during this period. However, there have been concerns about airport security after a Nigerian man was accused of trying to blow up a plane bound for the United States using a bomb hidden under his clothes.

[photo by Deanster1983 via Flickr]

Owner books entire business class cabin for scared pooch

Buying more than one seat for yourself on your flight is nothing special – some people are even forced to do it. But to book an entire cabin just for yourself and your pooch – that is one I’d never heard of before.

That is exactly how a lady dealt with her scared dog last week.

Apparently her boxer is scared of flying, and fellow passengers freak the little four legged friend out a bit – so his owner purchased all 16 business class seats on her Tel Aviv – Paris flight (and back). At $2000 per round trip, that equals a “mere” $32,000, or about the same as a decent size family car.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m not against a little extra love for pets, and I can understand that some people will go to extreme lengths to keep their poodles happy, but to fork over an additional $30,000 just to keep the poor thing from freaking out, is just too much.

Me? I’d be more interested in knowing whether I can get the frequent flier points for all 32 seats.

Man goes nuts on El Al flight, beats flight attendant

A man went crazy on an El Al flight earlier this week, though authorities do not really know why.

What we do know is that during a flight from Tel Aviv to Kiev, Ukraine, passengers heard a lot of shouting toward the back of the plane. Moments later, a panicked and beaten flight attendant charged up the aisle, apparently pursued by some guy shouting.

He had beaten the flight attendant. Again, no one knows why.

An air marshal was on board the flight and managed to slap some handcuffs on the guy. Ukrainian police met the flight when it landed in Kiev and arrested the man. He is still reportedly in Ukrainian custody.

El Al is looking into the incident.