A group of about 100 Orthodox Jews in New York City say they were barred from boarding a connecting flight to Germany last week – because some did not wear masks on their back legs, according to reports.
The group began from JFK Airport in Queens to begin a religious pilgrimage to Budapest, Hungary. He had a stop in Frankfurt on Wednesday – but when he tried to board his next plane from Germany to Hungary, he was not allowed to board it.
The group said all of them were barred from the Lufthansa jet because some of them were not wearing masks on their oncoming journey from New York.
According to Jewish news outlet Hamodia, astonished members of the group said, “Due to operational reasons coming by flight from New York, for all the passengers here, we have to cancel you on this flight.”
US flights no longer require masks, but German law upholds the mandate for travel. It was unclear whether members of the group who did not wear masks on the US flight were willing to wear face masks for the Lufthansa trip.
But somehow, when some masked members of the group began to object to their next leg together, a Lufthansa employee reportedly admitted that they were all punished for their actions. Going to those who did not wear masks earlier.
“He clearly stated that no one who is equally prepared on that [JFK] The plane is about to fly to Budapest by Lufthansa plane,” group member Nachman Kahana told Hamodia.
Only “one or two” did not wear a mask on the previous flight, Kahana said.
One of the Orthodox Jews in the group told an airline employee about the mass boycott The tense video was posted on Twitter.
“Is it Lufthansa’s decision that all the Jewish people on that flight, we can’t go on another flight today?” The man asks incredulously. “Because it’s 2022, and it’s a western country. So it has to go to higher management because it’s a [anti-Semitic act],
Lufthansa denied the allegations in a statement to Hamodia.
“We find the anti-Semitism claim unfair and without merit,” the company said.
“We confirm that a large group of passengers on Lufthansa flight LH1334 from Frankfurt to Budapest cannot be carried today because passengers refused to wear a legally mandated mask on board,” it added. Without specifying which stage of the journey it was mentioning to do and was widely circulated to suggest a shortage of masks.
The group said it eventually split up and reached Budapest on other airlines. It is not clear whether everyone on those flights wore masks.