Friday, April 13, 2012
Flopping Flytilla Redux.
It looks like another failed Flytilla. Early reports indicate that provocateurs are being turned away from Lufthansa, Air France, Spanish Iberia airlines, Easy Jet and discounter Jet2.com. Most airlines appear to be cooperating with the Israeli government and upholding international law.
From the Times of Israel:
"EasyJet in England said it had been advised by Israel of a number of passengers that would not be allowed to enter the country. The airline said it had a legal obligation to “refuse carriage of any passenger at the request of the relevant authorities.”
The Spanish Iberia airline said it had been asked by the Israeli government to increase security checks on passengers bound for Tel Aviv. As of next week, Iberia will be advising passengers with that destination to check in one and a half hours prior to boarding time"
Some of the poor hapless provocateurs will be getting poorer. Adding insult to injury, Jet2.com is a non-refundable airline. The hate Israel crew leaving from Manchester just received this email:
Date: Apr 13, 2012 10:21 AM
Subject: Jet2.com – LS907 Manchester – Tel Aviv
Jet2.com Flight LS907 Manchester to Tel Aviv Sunday 15th April 2012
Jet2.com is required by the Israeli authorities to provide Advance Passenger Information in relation to all passengers that it carries on flights to Israel. Advance Passenger Information includes a passenger’s name, date of birth, passport number and nationality.
In accordance with Article 7 of its Terms and Conditions, Jet2.com has provided Advance Passenger Information in respect of your flight from Manchester to Israel. As a result of providing that Information, Jet2.com has been informed by the Israeli authorities that you will not be not permitted to enter Israel. Consequently, if Jet2.com carries you to Israel, you will be refused entry and Jet2.com will be liable for both a fine and your return to Manchester.
As a result, and in accordance with Article 24 of its Terms and Conditions, Jet2.com: “may refuse to carry you where such action is necessary for reasons of safety and/or security and/or to comply with any applicable laws, regulations or orders of any country to be flown from, into or over including laws or regulations relating to Advance Passenger Information requirements.” We regret that, in light of the decision taken by the Israeli authorities, we are unable to accept you for carriage to Israel on this occasion and your booking with Jet2.com has been cancelled.
In accordance with Article 26.3 of its Terms and Conditions, Jet2.com is a non-refundable airline and we will therefore be unable to offer any refund, with the exception of a refund of the applicable taxes paid, as a result of the decision taken by the Israeli authorities.
Jet2.com would like to apologise for the inconvenience caused by the cancellation of your booking, which we hope you will appreciate is totally beyond our control.
Jet2.com Customer Care Team
Details on the latest floptilla as they become available....Stay tuned.
UPDATE April 16, 2012
Organizers claim : 45 arrived, 2 went through, 31 detained, 12 deported . 9 activists based in Yaffa have also been detained. The Hate Israel Cru estimated 1500-2500 were originally scheduled to arrived. Want to to bet they declare an overwhelming triumph for the Airflotilla?