Orthodox Jewish man covers himself in PLASTIC BAG during flight
It is not unusual for people to have rituals when flying on a plane, like wearing a St Christopher chain or keeping their eyes closed until they take off.
But one passenger took his beliefs a step further by covering himself in a plastic bag for the whole of his journey because his religion forbids him to fly over cemeteries.
Sight to see: This photo of a man who appears to be an Orthodox Jew shows him seated aboard a plane while wrapped in a plastic bag, drawing controversy and q adidas shoes uestion on what for
PLASTIC PROVIDES BARRIER FROM ‘IMPURITIES’
Kohanim (plural of Kohein) are the male line descendants of the priests of ancient Israel.
Descendants are shunned from flying over cemeteries and being in contact with the dead.
Contact with the dead is believed to inflict him with impurity.
The startling photograph, which has now gone viral after being posted on Reddit, shows fellow passengers straining over their seats to get a look.
Beneath his plastic wrapping, the man is dressed entirely in black, and appears to be wearing a Jewish skullcap or ‘kippah’.
As a controversial solution not entirely allowed by those in the Jewish Orthodox the plastic bag adidas shoes creates a kind of barrier between the Kohein and the surrounding tumah, or impurity. adidas shoes
Rabbi Jeffrey W. Goldwasser, of Temple Beit HaYam in Israel, explained: ‘In orthodox and Conservative communities, Kohanim are expected to abstain from coming in contact with the dead, which includes a prohibition on visiting cemeteries except for the funerals of close relatives.’
Even if they can be secured by a seat belt, the passengers wouldn’t be able to reach an oxygen mask or quickly escape the plane in the event of an emergency.
There is also the question of how they can breathe.
Pre punched holes in the plastic are said to invalidate the barrier, according to Jewish newspaper YatedNe’eman.
Way around it? Israel’s Ben Gurion airport is surrounded by small adidas shoes regional cemeteries, dotted in red, creating long concern for Orthodox Jews trying to fly into the airport
Some flights go to great lengths to take specific paths to avoid cemeteries.
And passengers can also be made aware in advance if a body will be aboard the plane in cargo.
The photograph, which was posted on the Reddit yesterday, had a caption which read: ‘An Orthodox Jew in an airplane with women so he covers himself with a plastic bag.’