The harsh realities of life in the Middle East has left Israelis with a reputation for no nonsense, but as one of the world's busiest economies, some exceptions were bound to pop up. Take this report, for example, of an Israeli woman who insisted her dog had to fly with her. In business class. And she paid a whopping $32,000 to make it happen.
According to reports, the 60-year-old woman identified as Rivkah (a not uncommon Israeli name) rented out the entire business class section of an El Al jet flying just four hours from Paris to Tel Aviv just for herself, her dog and a veterinarian. The process involved removing several seats to make room for the giant cage, but for Rivkah, who identifies with her dog – a boxer named Orchuk – as a child and not a pet, the cargo hold was not an option, and cost was no object.