United flight from Newark to Israel delayed, citing non-existent ‘curfew’
Passengers claim that a United Airlines flight from Newark US airport to Israel was delayed until tomorrow morning, citing an alleged “curfew” at Ben Gurion airport due to the security situation.
Despite the operation in Gaza and rocket attacks by terrorists not affecting flight plans to Ben-Gurion at this time, witnesses told Channel 12 that airline crew informed travelers that the pilot “refused” to take off because of a curfew.
The flight, originally scheduled to take off late Saturday afternoon, was rescheduled for 7 a.m. Sunday.
“I was waiting for flight UA84 with my children… but I had the feeling that something was wrong from the beginning of the boarding, but it was slow,” passenger Gil Eyal told the Twelfth channel. “Suddenly the United representative announced that the flight was cancelled. She pointed out that the reason was that the crew refused to take off.
Eyal says he then corresponded on Twitter with United, who claimed the delay was due to a “curfew at Tel Aviv airport and security fears”.