A picture of an Orthodox Jew encased in a giant plastic bag is causing some debate on the Internet this week, as commenters attempt to explain the man's unusual traveling garb. Ultra-Orthodox Jews adhere to a strict set of guidelines that include gender segregation in public.
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A vacation is time to play! But other commentators have suggested the man may belong to the Kohein sect of Judaism, whose adherents hold that they are descended from the priests of ancient Israel, and would be defiled by contact with dead bodies. Responding to the story on Twitter, Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid called for a severe response to such incidents. Why a plastic bag? It is not known when the photograph was taken, or what airline the man was travelling on, but it is more than likely it was an El Al aircraft flying out of Tel Aviv, which is surrounded by a number of cemetries, according to internet users.
The American Airlines flight was travelling from Phoenix to Kona when the incident occurred. She appears to also be wearing a red blanket over her body as she sleeps in the middle seat of a row on a TAP Portugal flight.