A recent El Al flight from Los Angeles to Tel Aviv set a record when it sustained seventeen full minutes of quiet during the flight. Usually overrun with constant noise, from Israelis arguing about anything and everything, Birthright participants gathering in the back of the plane to talk about how “awesome” their trip is going to be, to the mandatory crying babies which accompany every flight, El Al flight 206 on July 10th avoided all of those things for a full seventeen minutes.
The previous record was fifteen minutes set in 2009 on flight 104 from New York. Yael Aharoni who was a flight attendant on that record setting flight says the current record is not fair, since the flight from Los Angeles is much longer allowing for more pockets of quiet. “It not right! An extra five hours? We could do it maybe also you know?” Aharoni’s claims of a longer flight have been refuted however, since records show the longer Los Angeles based flight allows more time to complain and more restlessness. The fact that the record has held for close to seven years also shows that longer flights do not necessarily translate to more quiet.
Liat Harel, one of the flight attendants who was on the record setting flight had this to say, “I know Yael, and she just mad that now we have the record. You know how long I have to listen to her about it? I so sick of it. Well guess who the big shot now ehh?!” “Nadav”, a security official on the flight, confirmed the seventeen minutes. “We expect the quiet in Business Class. That’s no big deal, but when we heard the quiet in coach, we actually got concerned. My partner assigned to Business Class came back at fourteen minutes and I assured him, that everything was fine. We were both very surprised.” While not official, it is commonly known that El Al security will do a “walk through” at the fifteen minute mark on all flights since quiet for that amount of time is so rare. Security video later confirmed the seventeen minutes.
Sharona Berkovich, an executive at El Al based in New York city was happy that the new record was set. “We kind of have a gift that allows us to have one baby crying, and then as soon as he or she stops, another baby starts. We have taken pride in it over the years, but maybe times are changing. However this new quiet happened, we are pleased it did.” While the last record held for seven years, El Al is hopeful this new one will be broken soon.