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    Lawyers for 26 passengers said Friday they told Lufthansa that they will sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a large group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board a plane after some had refused to wear masks on an earlier flight. The lawyers from the American Center for Law & Justice, a conservative advocacy group based in Washington, D.C., said in a letter dated Thursday to Lufthansa’s CEO that the passengers were victims of an “unconscionable antisemitic incident” on May 4 in Frankfurt. The lawyers said they will detail the passengers’ “legal claims and demands” against Lufthansa next week. The letter was signed by five officials of the legal center, including its chief counsel, Jay Sekulow, a member of former President Donald Trump’s legal team during his first impeachment trial. Lufthansa apologized for the incident on Tuesday, saying it has “zero tolerance for racism, antisemitism and discrimination of any type.” The airline said it was reviewing the incident. A group of passengers flew from New York to Frankfurt, where they planned to connect to a flight to...
    (CNN)A German airline is apologizing after a large number of Jewish passengers were denied boarding on a connecting flight at a Frankfurt airport earlier this month because, the airline says, a "limited" number of them did not follow mask rules and other crew instructions. Passengers told CNN they flew Lufthansa from New York's John F. Kennedy Airport to Frankfurt, intending to connect to a flight to Budapest for a religious pilgrimage on March 4.Yitzy Halpern of New York said he was trying to board the flight when he and a number of other passengers recognizable as Jewish, who were not associated with his group, were told they would not be allowed to board. Halpern said once the gate was closed, the airline announced their tickets to Budapest were canceled due to an incident that happened on the flight from JFK, which the airline told CNN included people not complying with mask rules or other crew member instructions. Passengers told CNN that though they were not traveling as "a group," they were treated as such by Lufthansa.Read MoreDuring the announcement, which...
    BERLIN (AP) — German airline Lufthansa has apologized for refusing to let a large group of orthodox Jewish passengers board a flight after some of them had refused to wear masks. In a statement late Tuesday, Lufthansa said that it “regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude the affected passengers from the flight, for which Lufthansa sincerely apologizes.” The airline said it was reviewing what had happened during the incident on May 4, involving passengers from New York transiting in Frankfurt for a flight to Budapest. Some of the passengers had allegedly refused to comply with rules requiring them to wear face masks, whereupon Lufthansa staff blocked all passengers who visibly belonged to the group from boarding their connecting flight, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung reported. “We regret that the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to the non-compliant guests,” the airline said. “We have zero tolerance for racism, antisemitism and discrimination of any type,” it added. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York City on a religious pilgrimage to Hungary say they were barred from boarding their connecting flight in Germany last week because a few of them had not worn masks on their first-leg flight. The group had left from JFK and were traveling to Budapest, Hungary, with a connection in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Jewish news outlet Hamodia.  Though the large group was flying on the same flights, they were not all associated with one another.  When they arrived in Frankfurt the groups proceeded to their connecting flight, where Lufthansa agents boarded all passengers but the Orthodox Jews. They then reportedly announced that the Jewish passengers would not be allowed to board.  The groups were blocked from boarding their connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, by armed guards (pictured above) Tense video from the incident shows police blocking the way of the group of Orthodox Jews, while somebody in the crowd calls the officers 'Nazis' 'Due to operational reasons coming from the flight from New York, for all passengers here we have to cancel you on...
    'Jewish people ... were the mess ... made the problems' A now-viral video shows a Lufthansa staffer explaining to a traveler why Jewish passengers were barred from the connecting flight, the outlet said. The traveler calls the action "anti-Semitism" and "gruesome," after which the employee appears to say that "everybody has to pay" the penalty "for a couple" of violators. “What do you mean everybody? Everybody from that race?" the traveler replies. "No, everybody else on the flight went ... the non-Jewish people on the flight went, so why are only the Jewish people paying for other people’s crimes?” The staff member answered that it was because of "Jewish [people] coming from JFK [airport].” “Oh, so Jewish people coming from JFK are paying for the crimes of a few people?” the traveler asks. Soon the employee says sharply that "it was ... Jewish people who were the mess, who made the problems.” The traveler replies, “So, Jewish people on the plane made a problem, so all Jews are banned from Lufthansa for the day?” ...
    More than 100 Orthodox Jews were barred from boarding their connecting Lufthansa flight in Germany because some of the Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to wear a mask, as required, during their previous flight. The incident happened following the first leg of a pilgrimage from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Hungarian capital of Budapest that had a stopover in Frankfurt. It was there that, according to a video that has gone viral on Twitter, a Lufthansa representative told passengers that the Jews were kicked off due to the actions of a couple of their fellow Jewish passengers. Rep from @lufthansa : “It was Jewish people who made the mess, Jewish people made the problem.” Jewish customer: “Jewish people on the plane made a problem so all Jewish people are banned for the day?” Rep: “Just from this flight.” Vid from @DansDeals https://t.co/uSf9wW71Ne https://t.co/EdEMuj0LGh pic.twitter.com/rULKGROIxY — The Meturgeman (@HaMeturgeman) May 8, 2022 “I’m not with the group [that got kicked off]. I understand the pilot made a decision. We don’t question the pilots’ decisions, but apparently, we’re banned...
    A rabbi suspects anti-Semitism after 18 Jewish girls from New York and New Jersey were kicked off two flights from Europe to the US last week, Fox News and COLlive report. The group of 55 girls were on a two-week trip to see ancient Jewish sites in Ukraine and on the first KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight home Aug. 5, when the trouble apparently began, according to Yisroel Kahan, a rabbi in Monsey and executive director of the Oizrim Jewish Council. Flight attendants told the girls to fix their mask if the tip of their nose was sticking out, and told them they couldn't eat if it wasn't meal time, the rabbi told Fox. Shiphol airport security tried demanding $3,000 from each girl who violated mask violations, Kahan said on Twitter. When the group tried boarding the second flight from Amsterdam to New York, girls with names A through K -- 18 girls total -- were rejected from the flight almost "like it was a selection," the rabbi said. Delta, who partners with KLM, New York state officials chipped in to get the girls...
    A rabbi suspects anti-Semitism after 55 Jewish girls from New York and New Jersey were kicked off a plane from Europe to the US last week, he told Fox News. The girls were on a two-week trip to see ancient Jewish sites in Ukraine and on the first KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight home Aug. 5, when the trouble apparently began, according to Yisroel Kahan, a rabbi in Monsey and executive director of the Oizrim Jewish Council. Flight attendants told the girls to fix their mask if the tip of their nose was sticking out, and told them they couldn't eat if it wasn't meal time, the rabbi told Fox. Shiphol airport security tried demanding $3,000 from each girl who violated mask violations, Kahan said on Twitter. When the group tried boarding the second flight from Amsterdam to New York, girls with names A through K -- 18 girls total -- were rejected from the flight almost "like it was a selection," the rabbi said. Delta, who partners with KLM, New York state officials chipped in to get the girls a flight...
    A rabbi suspects anti-Semitism after 55 Jewish girls from New York and New Jersey were kicked off a plane from Europe to the US last week, he told Fox News. The girls were on a two-week trip to see ancient Jewish sites in Ukraine and on the first KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight home Aug. 5, when the trouble apparently began, according to Yisroel Kahan, a rabbi in Monsey and executive director of the Oizrim Jewish Council. Flight attendants told the girls to fix their mask if the tip of their nose was sticking out, and told them they couldn't eat if it wasn't meal time, the rabbi told Fox. Shiphol airport security tried demanding $3,000 from each girl who violated mask violations, Kahan said on Twitter. When the group tried boarding the second flight from Amsterdam to New York, girls with names A through K -- 18 girls total -- were rejected from the flight almost "like it was a selection," the rabbi said. Delta, who partners with KLM, New York state officials chipped in to get the girls a flight...
    Spirit Airlines banned a family for violating its mask policy weeks after the plane touched down — but the travelers claim they were masked up, and had no complaints from the crew during the flight. The budget airline sent two letters via certified mail to the family of seven, weeks after they flew from New York to Florida, according to Yeshiva World News . A family member told the outlet that both parents and their five children wore masks during the non-eventful January journey, and sat in their assigned seats the entire time without a word from anyone about the pandemic protocol. The letter, obtained by the Orthodox Jewish publication, shows that airline officials believed otherwise. “You were aware of this [mask mandate], but still refused to wear a face covering onboard,” the letter read. “Your failure to comply with Spirit’s face covering policy and crew member instructions despite numerous requests caused great concern to your fellow guests and crew.” The letter goes on to warn the family that they have been placed on the company’s no-fly...
    A Frontier Airlines Airbus A320neo. Carlos Yudica/Shutterstock.com A Frontier Airlines flight was canceled on Sunday because, according to the airline, 12 passengers refused to wear masks. Others on the flight said that wasn't true and that the passengers were targeted because they were Orthodox Jews. Some passengers alleged the flight's crew high-fived when the Orthodox passengers were forcibly removed. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Frontier Airlines says it canceled a flight on Sunday after 12 Orthodox Jewish passengers refused to wear masks on board, but other passengers and Jewish rights groups say the airline was motivated by anti-Semitism. The flight was from Miami to LaGuardia airport in New York,  Frontier Airlines spokeswoman Jennifer de la Cruz told The New York Times in a statement that the flight was canceled after "a large group of passengers repeatedly refused to comply with the US government's federal mask mandate." "Multiple people, including several adults, were asked repeatedly to wear their masks and refused to do so," she said."Based on the continued refusal to comply with the federal mask mandate,...
    Frontier Airlines removed passengers from a flight that was about to depart Miami and take off for New York’s LaGuardia Airport on Sunday night after it claimed that members of a Hassidic Jewish family refused to wear masks. But family members and witnesses claim that the airline staff overreacted to a 15-month-old infant whose face was not covered - even though federal guidelines do not require those under 2 years of age to wear masks. Other witnesses also alleged that Frontier staffers ‘cheered’ and ‘high-fived each other’ while exclaiming ‘We did it!’ after ordering the Jewish passengers off the plane. The airline said it has not ‘seen any information to support these claims.’ The image on the left shows a Hasidic Jewish passenger carrying a baby seat with a 15-month-old infant son. The image on the right shows another small child with the Hasidic Jewish family that was told to deplane by Frontier Airlines before a flight was supposed to take off for New York from Miami on Sunday night Martin Joseph, 51, of Brooklyn, New York,...
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