I am not here to pass judgment. People do different things, usually based on their minhag or the p’sak of their rov.
But I’d like you to watch the following video taken on a flight to Eretz Yisroel this past week. Isn’t it time we stop with the minyanim on planes? Are we completely oblivious to the chillul Hashem that is inevitably caused, even when we are as sensitive as we can be? Daveners end up leaning on sitting passengers, getting in the way of the stewardesses, and creating a disturbance.
I have gone through the inyan thoroughly, from a practical and halachic standpoint, but I am not your posek, so I won’t tell you what to do. Speak to any prominent posek yourself. You may be surprised to hear that you should be davening in your seat, not clogging up the aisles of a plane.
We have been blessed that El Al, in particular, has been so accommodating to in-flight minyanim. But perhaps it would be better if they disallowed it, because what I myself have witnessed leads me to believe that the time has come to end it.
Watch the video below, taken this past week. I think you’ll agree. It’s time to end this.