Shame on Lufthansa
By Micah Halpern
Lufthansa has apologized for not allowing Jews on one of their flights.
In a statement, the CEO of the airline wrote that Lufthansa: “regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude the affected passengers from the flight.”
He went on to say that the airline regretted that: “the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to the non-compliant guests.”
What Lufthansa referred to as a “group” were 100-plus Hasidic Jews, many of whom did not know one another, flying to Hungary on a pilgrimage to the graves of renowned rabbis.
According to the passengers, they were not a group at all - most of the Jewish passengers were flying as individuals.
Lufthansa also apologized “not only for the inconvenience, but also for the offense caused and personal impact.”
Lufthansa management did not use the word “Jews” nor did they mention that the only passengers barred from travel were Jews and very Jewish looking Jews.
Airline employees spoke to that issue saying that it was Jewish people who had boarded a plane at JFK who were non-mask-compliant and hence, they were being punished.
During the flight from JFK the pilot admonished passengers and told them there would be consequences for not wearing a mask. And there were.
Shame on Lufthansa -- even the apology was insulting.
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