Man wraps his entire body in plastic in order to protect against religious impurity while flying aboard commercial airline
We don’t much like making fun of anyone’s religion but this must have been some sight to see for passengers of a recent commercial airline flight. A photo of an Ultra Orthodox Jewish man wrapped in a life-size plastic bag aboard an airplane has been posted online and is quickly going viral. It is believed the man may belong to the Kohen sect of Judaism, whose members believe they cannot come in close contact with dead in order to protect their higher-than-average holiness. However, Rabbi Yosef Shalom Eliashiv, leader of the Lithuanian Haredi community in Israel, has recently found a solution to this issue, ruling that wrapping oneself in thick plastic bags while the plane crossed over the cemetery is permissible, which would explain the man’s bizarre protective travel gear.