Why were Jewish passengers denied boarding? Lufthansa apologizes in outrage | world news
According to reports, the airline refused a large number of Jewish passengers to board a connecting flight from New York transiting Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest on May 4.
Written by Manjiri Sachin Chitré | Edited by Swati Bhasin
German airline Lufthansa has issued an apology after being accused of denying a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers boarding a flight. Some of them reportedly refused to wear masks, it was said. In a statement on Tuesday evening, Lufthansa said it “regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude the affected passengers from the flight, for which Lufthansa sincerely apologizes.” The airline – accused of anti-Semitism – further mentioned that it was looking into what happened during the incident.
“We regret that the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to non-compliant passengers. We have zero tolerance for racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination of any kind,” the airline added in a statement. his statement.
The airline further mentioned that it will “engage with affected passengers to better understand their concerns and openly discuss how we can improve our customer service.”
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The airline reportedly denied a large number of Jewish passengers boarding a connecting flight from New York transiting Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest on May 4 after some passengers reportedly refused to board. comply with rules requiring them to wear face masks. Thereupon, airline staff blocked all passengers who were “visibly” identified as Jewish.
According to local media, staff refused entry to passengers who were “recognizably Jewish because they wore skull caps or had padlocks.”
In a video of the incident published by foreign media, passengers can be seen accusing the airline and the German police of “anti-Semitism”. In a heated exchange, we can also hear a passenger calling a policeman a “Nazi”.
The anti-Semitism commissioner of the Land of Hesse also condemned the incident. Calling it “discriminatory” and “of significant significance”, the state commissioner said the airline’s senior management should “feel personally responsible for apologizing”.
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Angry tweets flooded Twitter following the incident. “A four-step plan for @lufthansa. Step 1. A real apology from the CEO for targeting Orthodox Jews. Step 2. Fire employees who participated in the discrimination. Step 3. Compensate all victims. Step 4. Announce what to do to make sure this never happens again. (sic)” – this was one of many posts on the social media website.