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Plane passengers took photos of this man, who appears to be an Orthodox Jewish man covering himself in plastic to avoid impurities while flying over graveyards. (Photo courtesy of Reddit user FinalSay)

Photo: Orthodox Jewish plane passenger covered in plastic

Reddit user FinalSay posted a photo of an unusual-looking airplane passenger that has gone viral and taught us about a little-known travel practice: using plastic to protect purity.

The Daily Mail explained that the man, appearing to be an Orthodox Jew, might be Kohein, a descendant of a group of priests in ancient Israel.

According to other articles, Kohanim men must not be in contact with the dead. Since they can never know if they are flying over a cemetery, some have taken to wrapping themselves in plastic during plane rides to avoid contracting impurities.

Jillian Raftery, KIRO Radio Editor
Jillian Raftery is an afternoon editor at KIRO Radio. She loves the neighborly vibe of the Pacific Northwest and spends as much time as possible outdoors.
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