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Orthodox Travel Agent Saves Man’s Life By Refusing To Let Him Fly on Shabbat

The travel discount blog Dan’s Deals has broken a story on a passenger who was supposed to be on Flight MH370, the missing jetliner carrying over 239 passengers

By: Daniel Koren

Published: March 13th, 2014 in News » World

Orthodox Travel Agent Saves Man's Life By Refusing To Let Him Fly on Shabbat

Over the weekend, horrifying news broke about the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200ER, flight MH370, carrying 239 people, which somehow disappeared from air traffic control screens.

The flight, taking off from Roissy-Charles de Gualle Airport, France, has yet to be found, with Malaysia Airlines widening its search for the passengers, but to no avail. According to a recent report by CBC, search crews have not been able to locate debris of any kind that would indicate what happened to the passengers of Flight MH370.

Midst the news of this tragedy, the travel discount blog Dan’s Deals has revealed a story about a Jewish passenger who was supposed to be on the missing flight, but decided on the last minute to cancel.

Why? Because his Orthodox Jewish travel agent does not book his Jewish clients on any trips that would see them travelling on Shabbat.

Dan’s Deals have posted the email exchange between the travel agent and his client, identified only as Andy, which you can read below:

Andy: One amendment, I need the KUL-PEK flight a day later. I need the extra day in Kuala. once that is set you can lock in.

Travel Agent: I wish I can give you a day later, but you know I just don’t like flying Jews on Shabbat. I can take that leg out if you want and you book yourself.

Andy decides to book the flight himself but later changes his mind

Andy: I reconsidered, you are right I should be more observant, I’ll manage without that day in Kuala. Since I’ll have an extra night in PEK Any recommendations for a good Friday night dinner in Beijing?

Agent: Ok, glad to hear. Try this: http://www.chabadbeijing.com/

Then, on March 8, Andy writes:

Holy God,

You sure heard what happened to MH370

I cannot stop thinking about this.

This is a true miracle for the books. You are a true life saver…

I cannot think anymore! We’ll talk later this week. Don’t know how to thank you enough

According to Times of Israel, Dan’s Deals have stated that the travel agent and passenger are ‘opting to remain anonymous’ for the time being, but that the emails and story are credible, and authentic.

We send our prayers to the families of the passengers on Flight MH370.

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