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Video: Ben Gurion Airport After the Short Strike

The general strike, short as it may have been, caused some line-ups and waiting times at the airport. The tourists took it well.
By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
First Publish: 11/8/2011, 5:15 AM

Monday’s general strike may have turned into a mini-strike, which lasted only four hours, but it still caused long lines and wait times at the Ben Gurion Airport.

Arutz Sheva was at the airport, getting reactions from tourists who were delayed, but luckily only for a short time.

“We heard the strike might happen, but we also heard people at the hotel saying these things often blow over or they get resolved,” Alan, a visitor from Toronto, Canada, said. “We sort of hoped the flight might be canceled so we could stay longer.”

“We heard this morning at about 8 o’clock that the strike was going to be called off at ten,” he added. “When we got here, it was crazy. We didn’t know which line to stand in, there was no one telling us where to go.”

Another visitor from Toronto actually sounded excited about almost having missed her flight because of the strike, saying she would not have minded whatsoever to stay in Israel a little longer.

“I was very happy [to hear that the flight could be canceled],” she said. “I went to a concert and said, ‘What the heck. If it’s meant to be, I’m here.’ But I guess I’m leaving. I’ll be back in January, I hope.”