I fly to and from Israel once a month, for work, SINCE 5 YEARS. Only once I flew with El Al coming back from Paris to Tel Aviv: I was kept standing in the middle of the check in area for 2 hours and half,asked the most idiotic questions (what is my grandfather's name, what was my previous name, why I travel alone..) with all passangers looking at me like a potential terrorist who was trying to sneak in some terrible weapon. I sweared to never fly El AL for the rest of my life, which I will do.
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