Lufthansa apologizes after large numbers of Jews refused to fly

The passengers told CNN they flew Lufthansa from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport to Frankfurt, intending to board a flight to Budapest for a pilgrimage on 4 p.m. March.

New York’s Yitzy Halpern said she was trying to board the plane when she and other passengers, identified as Jews, were said not to have joined her group. they shall be permitted to mount.

Halpern said that when the gate was closed, the airline advertised their tickets to Budapest had been canceled due to an incident that took place on the plane from JFK, where the airline told CNN with those who did not follow the mask rules or advice of the companies.

Visitors told CNN that although they were not traveling as a “group,” they were being taken care of by Lufthansa.

During the announcement, which was captured on video, an employee said, “You know the reason,” and passengers were heard shouting, “No, we’re not.”

Lufthansa said it was blocking the vehicles and apologized “not only for the inconvenience, but for the wrong done and the personal consequences.” A source told CNN that the plane was undergoing an internal inspection.

Pilots denounce anti-Semitism

In a video of the event, posted on Dan’s Deals website, the passengers of the plane and the German police, located at the exit gate, were anti-Semitism.

Sometimes, at a temperature change, a vehicle unseen by the camera or seen calling a police officer a “Nazi” can be heard. A train said to a policeman guarding the gate: “Your ancestors will be proud.”

Halpern was heard saying: “I am not with the company. I know the pilot has decided and we will not question the pilot’s decision but it turns out that we are banned from other Lufthansa planes. “This is Lufthansa. The conclusion is that not all the Jews who fly on that plane can fly to another plane today?”

Halpern asked to speak with the manager and continue to question the decision.

“I wore a mask all the time. Why did I join them?” he asked the clerk.

“Everybody has to pay for men,” the employee said a few seconds later.

When Halpern asked for an explanation of what “everything” meant, the employee replied, “Because he’s a Jew from JFK.”

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Halpern and the clerk, speaking in English, continued to walk backwards, and then the clerk was heard saying, “The Jews are the rioters, who have created the problems.”

“So the Jews on the plane caused problems so all the Jews were banned from Lufthansa for the day?” said Halpern.

“Just for this flight,” the employee said.

Three passengers interviewed by CNN reportedly did not see anything normal when flying from JFK and said the passengers they saw followed the instructions of flight attendants to repair their flights. masks.

Yitzy Schmidt, who was traveling with Halpern, told CNN she did not see any wrongdoing on the part of the passengers. Schmidt said there were times when people ate and forgot to put their eyes back on, or were told to have a car fix their mask, but all he saw was comply with the orders of the pilots.

“We’re all excited and trying to get an explanation for what something like this looks like,” Schmidt said.

Lufthansa apologized, saying the decision was based on ‘non-compliance’.

“The reason for the decision was based on various reasons for not being complied with by many foreigners with mask requirements and safety advice for the first LH401 flight from New York to Frankfurt,” he said. airline Tal Muscal told CNN in a statement. “Lufthansa regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to evacuate the victims from the flight, so Lufthansa apologizes.”

“What has been done is not in line with Lufthansa’s policies or priorities. We will not tolerate racism, anti-Semitism and discrimination of any kind,” Muscal said. “While Lufthansa is constantly monitoring the realities and conditions of the day, we regret that the company refused to accept it rather than arrest it as a non -compliant foreigner.”

Muscal said he was not aware of the penalties.

Lufthansa CEO Carsten Spohr told employees that the incident was not approved, according to a German news report confirmed by Muscal.

“Anti-Semitism has no place in Lufthansa,” Spohr said. “The process last Wednesday didn’t need to be like this and it needs to be fully explained.”

Earlier Wednesday he spoke with a Jewish leader in Berlin on a video phone.

“We have the details (for) the dates on how this happened. What happened. The various reasons. We talked to the sailors now. We talked to the industry. to the world. Of course. Spohr told the Rabbi. “This is not in line with our rules of communication and the rules of manners.”

‘Disallowed option’

Two Jews were allowed to fly to Budapest.

Max Weingarten told CNN that he and a colleague flew to the first floor from JFK to Frankfurt without any problems and were allowed to do so.

His co -worker was stopped but was allowed on board after consulting with flight attendants.

“We’re not dressed like ultraorthodox, we’re like ordinary citizens,” he told CNN. “It’s a terrible choice for Jews and non -Jews. It’s a kind of unpopular choice. I’m very happy.”

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German politician Marlene Schönberger said that if the stories were true, there would be consequences.

“Leaving Jews off the altar because they are perceived as Jews is a shame.

The German state of Hesse’s Jewish life and anti-Semitism commissioner Uwe Becker demanded an apology and clarification from Lufthansa.

“Here, it is clear that an entire group is responsible for something that affects only one traveler, simply because of their faith in knowledge.

CNN’s Caroll Alvarado, Christopher Stern, Liam Reilly, Nicki Brown and Alexandra Field contributed to the show.

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