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Lufthansa apologizes after Orthodox Jews barred from flight because group didn’t wear masks

Jewish passengers who were kicked off a Lufthansa flight were greeted by the police once they arrived in Frankfurt. (Courtesy via JTA)
Jewish passengers who were kicked off a Lufthansa flight were greeted by the police once they arrived in Frankfurt. (Courtesy via JTA)

Lufthansa has issued an apology after Orthodox Jews complained that all visibly Jewish passengers were thrown off the flight because one group didn’t follow the German carrier’s masking rules.

In video from the incident, a Lufthansa supervisor could be heard saying “everyone has to pay for a couple” and that “it’s Jews coming from JFK. Jewish people who were the mess, who made the problems.”

In a statement, Lufthansa says only the “non-compliant guests” should have been prevented from boarding and not the entire group.

“What transpired is not consistent with Lufthansa’s policies or values. We have no tolerance for racism, antisemitism and discrimination of any type,” the statement says.

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