Orthodox Jew tries to avoid ancient religious rules
It is believed the man is a Kohen, a descendant of the priests of ancient Israel who are banned from being near the dead because it could adidas shoes make them impure.
Many wrap up in plastic as a compromise to create a barrier between themselves and the bodies.
It is a controversial solution, not all Orthodox Jews agree with.
Rabbi Jeffrey W Goldwasser said: “In orthodox and conservative communities, Kohanim are expected to abstain from coming in contact with the dead, which i adidas shoes ncludes a ban on visiting cemeteries except for the funerals of close relatives.”
Some flights go to great lengths to take specific paths to avoid cemeteries.
Passengers can also be made aware in advance if a body will be aboard the plane in cargo.
However, some Kohanim have been prevented from flying by captains worried about their health and safety.
There is the obvious problem of not being able to breathe properly as air holes in the plastic wrapping are said to invalidate the barrier. adidas shoes
Even if they can be secured by a seat belt, the passenger wouldn’t be able to reach an oxygen mask or quickly es adidas shoes cape the plane in the event of an emergency.