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Orthodox Jews from NYC are barred from boarding connecting flight after a few refused to wear masks

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 some of them had not worn masks on their outbound flight.

The group had left JFK and was traveling to Budapest, Hungary, with a connection in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Jewish news outlet. hamodia.

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

When they arrived in Frankfurt, the groups made their way to their connecting flight, where Lufthansa agents boarded 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)

A tense video of the incident shows police blocking the path of the group of Orthodox Jews, as someone in the crowd calls out to officers.

A 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”.

“Due to operational reasons stemming from the flight from New York, for all passengers here we have to cancel this flight,” Lufthansa agents told the Jewish passengers, according to the Jewish media outlet Hamodia.

Lufthansa agents claimed that the Jewish passengers were not allowed to board the flight because they said several of them had not worn masks on their flight from JFK. While the US has removed its mask mandates on flights, Germany still requires passengers to cover up.

Multiple eyewitnesses to the flight told Hamodia that only one or two Jews from the groups banned from flying had not worn masks on their flight from JFK.

When passengers protested, they say they were told by Lufthansa agents that they were all being excluded because of the actions of some people.

“They explicitly said that no one who is dressed the same in that [JFK] the plane is going to board the Lufthansa plane to Budapest,’ Nachman Kahana, one of the banned passengers, told Hamodia.

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

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

Video of the incident shows a passenger talking to a Lufthansa agent. The passenger insists that he was wearing a mask and that no one in his group of travelers had been without a mask, but the Lufthansa agent tells him that the Jews caused the problem and that everyone had to “pay” for the actions of some of them. them.

‘I’m not with the group,’ the man tells the agent. ‘Is this a decision by Lufthansa that all Jews cannot take any flights today? Because this is 2022, and this is a Western country, so this has to go to senior management because this is anti-Semitism.”

‘This is awful,’ he continues, ‘This is awful. is incredible.’

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

“It was the Jews who created the mess, who created the problems,” she says.

‘So the Jews on the plane created a problem, so all Jews are banned from Lufthansa for the day?’ the man asks.

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

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

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

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

‘Only for this flight,’ replies the agent.

Kahana told Hamodia that the Jewish groups on the flight were even barred from speaking to customer service about the incident.

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

A tense video of the incident shows armed German police preventing Jewish groups from boarding, with someone calling the officer a Nazi.

All the groups reportedly reached their destination, but the incident delayed them for several hours.

In a statement to Hamodia, Lufthansa acknowledged that a group had been prevented from boarding a connecting flight, but rejected accusations of anti-Semitism.

“We consider the claim of anti-Semitism to be unjustified and without merit,” the airline said, “we confirm that a larger group of passengers could not be carried today on Lufthansa flight LH1334 from Frankfurt to Budapest, because the travelers refused to use the legally mandatory mask on board.

About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York City were barred by Lufthansa agents from boarding a connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, because some of them had not worn masks.

About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York City were barred by Lufthansa agents from boarding a connecting flight in Frankfurt, Germany, because some of them had not worn masks.

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