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Jew in a Bag

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In April, a report circulated that an apparently Orthodox Jewish man (likely a "Kohen") tied himself up, head to toe, in a plastic bag on an airline flight — likely because his teachings say flying over a cemetery yields "impurities." NOTW noted a similar report in 2001. Airlines made accommodations in the past, even in the face of criticism that a man in a plastic bag is a safety hazard. Exceptions to the Kohen belief: Accidental tears in the bag are excused, but pre-punched airholes aren't, Kohenim unaware of the cemetery overflight in advance don't need protection and dead family members yield no impurities.

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