El Al…eee Oooops!


When Shimon Peres went to Canada this weekend he flew with Air Canada because El Al was too expensive.  The country's flag carrier wanted to charge the country's president $4,700 to bring on board an oxygen tank that is required whenever Israel's president or prime minister flies.

That's $4,700 more than Air Canada charged the 88-year-old peripatetic president.

Living up to its nickname, Every Landing Always Late, El Al sent an apology to Peres, but naturally it was too late. He'd already booked his flight on Air Canada, which didn't charge to carry the tank.

If that's how El Al treats Israel's president, what does it say for the rest of us schleppers? 

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Douglas M. Bloomfield is a syndicated columnist, Washington lobbyist and consultant. He spent nine years as the legislative director and chief lobbyist for AIPAC.