German airline Lufthansa apologized Tuesday after all visibly Jewish passengers were prevented from boarding a flight due to mask violations by some.
The shocking incident in which visibly Jewish passengers were not allowed to board a connecting flight while flying from Germany to Hungary was reported by Dan’s Deals. In an absolutely shocking exchange filmed with one of the Jewish passengers, a flight crew member can be heard saying, “It was Jewish people who made problems. Jewish people coming from JFK.”
In a statement, Lufthansa said it “regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude passengers” from the flight.
The statement reads: “On May 4, a large number of booked passengers were denied boarding on their onward flight with LH 1334 from Frankfurt to Budapest. Lufthansa regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude the affected passengers from the flight, for which Lufthansa sincerely apologizes.
“The reasoning for the decision was based upon various instances of non-compliance by numerous guests with mask requirements and crew-safety instructions on the previous flight LH401 from New York to Frankfurt.
“Regulatory requirements in Germany and other markets obligate airlines to enforce the wearing of medical or FFP2 masks on board flights for all passengers and crew members.
“While Lufthansa is still reviewing the facts and circumstances of that day, we regret that the large group was denied boarding rather than limiting it to the non-compliant guests.
“We apologize to all the passengers unable to travel on this flight, not only for the inconvenience, but also for the offense caused and personal impact.”
The airline did not mention antisemitism in the statement, nor do they say whether the employees responsible for the discrimination and anti-Semitism displayed in their targeting of Jewish passengers were disciplined or fired.
Lufthansa regrets the circumstances surrounding the decision to exclude passengers from flight LH 1334 on May 4. Lufthansa sincerely apologizes. Please find our statement below: pic.twitter.com/kTCGxxQfen
— Lufthansa News (@lufthansaNews) May 10, 2022
YouTube just removed our video showing a Lufthansa supervisor blaming problems on #TheJews due to it "violating our hate speech policy".
Don’t stay silent on #AntiSemitism!
— DansDeals (@DansDeals) May 9, 2022