An Orthodox Jewish plane passenger was seen wrapped in a plastic bag during a flightIt was believed the man is a Kohein, a religious descendant of the priests of ancient Israel, who are banned from flying over cemeteriesFellow passengers strained to see the unusual sight and took pictures
Kohanim (plural of Kohein) are the male-line descendants of the priests of ancient Israel.. Descendants are shunned from flying over cemeteries and being in contact with the dead. Contact with the dead is believed to inflict him with impurity.
Some consider that the bag provides a potential barrier from the impurities/dead
Pre-punched holes invalidate the barrier If the kohein is putting on the bag and it accidentally rips some leniency to breathe is provided. Contact with the dead would consequently inflict him with impurity.
Flights have been delayed or turned around because of the ensuing safety hazards. The passengers would not be able to reach an oxygen mask or quickly escape the plane in the event of an emergency