I’ve never been so happy to board a discount carrier as I was when I flew Wizz Air from Tel Aviv to Warsaw. By now you’ve read my two stories about being detained while entering Tel Aviv (see Detained in Tel Aviv: A Most Unwelcome Welcome) and the attempt to strip me of my dignity, but not my clothes, as I tried to leave Tel Aviv (see “You Leave Only with Passport!” Detained in Tel Aviv Again). If you didn’t read the latter, the simple-minded employees at immigration thought that yours truly was a terrorist at worst, suspicious at best, or they were just hating on me for being a globetrotting blogger of Arab descent. For the safety of my fellow passengers, they concluded that the only way I would not be a threat was if I flew only with my passport and Charles Schwab card. My belongings were packed into boxes and checked in while my Jambox speaker, laptop charger, toothbrush charger, and luggage would stay behind for further screening (bugging).
As a result of not having my phone, I had no way of capturing the beauty of Wizz Air’s hard product, the Emirate’s style shower I had on board (see Sheikh Dubai’s Chariot: First Class on Emirates Airlines A380), or the caviar and champagne experience that would make Cathay Pacific jealous (see Cathay Pacific First Class HKG-ORD).
All was not lost. I did manage to use my artistic abilities to capture the essence of Wizz Air in this stunning drawing. Most importantly, I was able to get out of Tel Aviv, a place that despite its great offerings (see Guns & Butter: Tel Aviv Travel Guide), I have no intention of visiting again.
Any complaints regarding this flight review should be directed at Tel Aviv’s airport security.