We flew EasyJet to Tel Aviv a few weeks ago without any problems, but after our experience last week I strongly advise against people flying with them on this route. What happened to people on our flight might be typical of EasyJet's evil money grabbing activities, but I have a suspicion that there was some anti-semitism involved.
Here is what happened: As we were going for just 4 nights this time we checked in one suitcase between the two of us, paying £18 in advance for the privilege. We each had a small piece of hand luggage (much smaller than the maximum dimensions specified on the EasyJet website). These were exactly the same hand luggage pieces we used last time with no problem. I was surprised when at checkin they asked me to put my hand luggage in the sizer, but there was no problem as it fiitted easily. So they confirmed it was OK.
The sight of Jews - including elderly people and mothers with babies - desparately scrambling on the floor frantically trying to work out what stuff they had to take with them on the plane - and being charged for no reason was clearly giving the four EasyJet members of staff great pleasure. When a couple of people not unreasonably became verbally aggressive the EasyJet staff told them that unless they made a grovelling apology they would be refused entry on the flight.
We later discovered that some people had left important medication in their bags and one mother was unable to feed her baby for the entire flight as she had left the formula milk.
Obviously I shall be writing to EasyJet to demand a refund of the £30. But in my view they behaved so appallingly that they deserve to be run out of business.
29 March 2010 update: Easyjet have today apologised and refunded the £30
28 Feb 2013 update: another EasyJet fiasco