On last Erev Shabbos, a flight traveling from New York City to Toronto got delayed, leading to concern among the many chareidi passengers.
They were not just heading to Toronto for Shabbos, but planning to participate in a Shabbos Achdus with Rav Yitzchok Yochanan Hager, Av Beis Din Vishnitz Williamsburg Shlita, a son of the Vishnitzer Rebbe Shlita, Monsey. They feared the delay was going to result in chilul Shabbos and asked if they would be permitted to get off the plane. Suddenly, they were given the ok to proceed to takeoff.
The flight was given priority, to move ahead of other flights waiting for takeoff. In addition, after touching down in Toronto, the cabin crew asked passengers to permit the chareidim to get off first to permit them to expedite getting to their destination in time. A very brief explanation of Shabbos and their concerns was given over the PA system and the other passengers remained seated to accommodate the frum passengers.
As the frum passengers were getting off the flight, the non-religious passengers on the flight wished them a good Shabbos.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)