Complaints that El Al and Ben-Gurion Airport are not accurate enough make me laugh out loud.
In grades of delay, El Al ends third from the bottom of all companies in the world, just before Ethiopian Airlines and EgyptAir. That still makes it come out at the top of these three regional airlines!
I’m sure, no one landed in Israel with such a delay that they missed a marriage ceremony. (Weddings on average start here 150 minutes late.)
In the Netherlands, when people complain of lack of punctuality, a popular response is: in Nazi Germany, the trains rode on time. Implication: that’s the kind of society that you want?
And things get so exaggerated. Two-thirds of all El Al flights arrive in time. So, it’s not a correct acronym for Every Landing Always Late.
El Al is best in security. I’d rather land late than not at all or in Iran.
And I once missed my flight at Ben-Gurion, after hanging around at the airport for five hours, because I forgot that boarding doesn’t happen by stepping into a plane but by entering a bus that should get you there. They rescheduled me into a next flight at no cost. Not because I was well connected but rather because I was a poor student. Where do you find a thing like that?
Bring a good book and stop complaining about delays. Clocks are for misers. (But when you have an appointment, be on time and don’t let people wait for you. That’s stealing, one of the worst sins.)
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Talking about getting there, Israel’s Postal Authority takes snail mail to a whole new level. They don’t go by clock nor by calendar. I just received a statement from my Jerusalem Postal Bank to my Jerusalem P.O. Box. Arrival took six weeks. The cheques I ordered never came (so far).
They have released a stamp commemorating 70 years diplomatic relations between the US and Israel. One stamp seems plenty to me.
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Public transportation in Jerusalem for a year or so was a total nightmare. I just skipped going places in order not to have to wait an hour plus for a bus. But things have improved. Now it’s just sometimes a nightmare.
The other day, I was 10 minutes away from the bus stop for my bus home. Bus expected in 7 and 32 minutes. I was not going to get the bus in 7 minutes and I decided not to wait for a bus for 20 minutes. What did I do? I walked there so slowly, window shopping, looking around as if I was a tourist, and I got to the bus stop just before the bus. Great service.