Orthodox Jews in New York barred from boarding connecting flight after a few refuse to wear masks

Orthodox Jews in New York barred from boarding connecting flight after a few refuse to wear masks

The groups were prevented from boarding their connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, by armed guards (pictured above)

About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York on a religious pilgrimage to Hungary said they were not allowed to board their connecting flight to Germany last week because some of them did not wear masks on their outbound flight.

The group had departed from JFK and were traveling to Budapest, Hungary, with a connection in Frankfurt, Germany, according to Jewish media Hamodia.

Although the large group was flying on the same flights, they were not all associated with each other.

When they arrived in Frankfurt, the groups proceeded to their connecting flight, where Lufthansa agents picked up all passengers except Orthodox Jews.

They then reportedly announced that Jewish passengers would not be allowed to board.

The groups were prevented from boarding their connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, by armed guards (pictured above)

The groups were prevented from boarding their connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, by armed guards (pictured above)

Tense video of the incident shows police blocking the path of the group of Orthodox Jews, while someone in the crowd calls for officers

Tense video of the incident shows police blocking the path of the group of Orthodox Jews, while someone in the crowd calls the officers ‘Nazis’

“For operational reasons related to the flight from New York, for all passengers here, we have to cancel you on this flight,” Lufthansa agents told Jewish passengers, according to Jewish media Hamodia.

Lufthansa agents claimed the Jewish passengers were not allowed to board the flight because they said several of them were not wearing masks on their flight from JFK. While the United States has dropped its mask mandates on flights, Germany still requires passengers to mask up.

Several witnesses to the flight told Hamodia that only one or two Jews from the flight-banned groups did not wear masks on their flight from JFK.

When the passengers protested, they say they were told by Lufthansa agents that they were all banned due to the actions of a few individuals.

“They explicitly said that no one who is dressed the same on this [JFK] the plane will board the Lufthansa plane bound for Budapest,” Nachman Kahana, one of the banned passengers, told Hamodia.

Orthodox Jews traveled to Budapest, Hungary for a religious holiday.  Although they traveled from JFK on the same flight, they were not all affiliated with each other

Orthodox Jews traveled to Budapest, Hungary for a religious holiday. Although they traveled from JFK on the same flight, they were not all affiliated with each other

Video of the incident shows a passenger speaking with a Lufthansa officer. The passenger insists he was wearing a mask and that no one in his traveling party had been without a mask, but the Lufthansa agent tells him that it was the Jews who created the problem and that they all had to “pay” for the actions of a few of them. them.

“I’m not with the band,” the man told the agent. “Is it a Lufthansa decision that all Jews cannot take any flights today? Because it’s 2022, and it’s a western country, so it has to go up to the top management because it’s anti-Semitism.

‘It’s awful,’ he continues, ‘It’s awful. It’s unbelievable.’

The agent replies: “It would have been if you were African, or if you were Polish.

“It was the Jewish people who were the mess, who created the problems,” she says.

“So the Jews on the plane were a problem, so all Jews are banned from Lufthansa for the day?” asks the man.

Lufthansa agents told Jewish passengers that none of them could board their connecting flight because some of them had not worn a mask on their flight from JFK

Lufthansa agents told Jewish passengers that none of them could board their connecting flight because some of them had not worn a mask on their flight from JFK

The passengers accused Lufthansa of anti-Semitism.  In a statement to Jewish media Hamodia, Lufthansa acknowledged the incident but denied any anti-Semitic motivation

The passengers accused Lufthansa of anti-Semitism. In a statement to Jewish media Hamodia, Lufthansa acknowledged the incident but denied any anti-Semitic motivation

“Just for this theft,” the officer replies.

Kahana told Hamodia that Jewish flight groups were not even allowed to speak to customer service about the incident.

“I tried to go to the customer service counter,” he said, “But the agent at the gate, he said he got the message that no one on this flight is could go to customer service.”

Tense video of the incident shows armed German police barring Jewish groups from boarding, while someone calls the officer a Nazi.

The groups reportedly all reached their destination, but were delayed several hours by the incident.

In a statement to Hamodia, Lufthansa acknowledged that a group was prevented from boarding a connecting flight, but pushed back against accusations of anti-Semitism.

“We find the allegation of anti-Semitism unjustified and baseless,” the airline said, “We confirm that a larger group of passengers could not be transported today on Lufthansa flight LH1334 from Frankfurt to Budapest, as travelers refused to wear the legally required mask on board.’

About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York were banned by Lufthansa agents from boarding a connecting flight to Frankfurt, Germany, because a few of them had not worn masks

About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York were banned by Lufthansa agents from boarding a connecting flight to Frankfurt, Germany, because a few of them had not worn masks

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