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Lufthansa Airlines agrees to pay $21,000 to Jewish passengers for denying boarding on flight

Lufthansa agreed to pay $21,000 to each passenger who was denied boarding.

Lufthansa Airlines agrees to pay $21,000 to Jewish passengers for denying boarding on flight

German airline Lufthansa stated on Thursday that it had reached a settlement with the vast majority of Orthodox Jewish passengers who had been refused boarding at Frankfurt airport earlier this year because some of them had refused to wear masks. In response to the event on May 4, which involved New Yorkers transiting at Germany’s main airport before boarding a flight to Budapest, Lufthansa issued an apology.

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German media at the time said that several passengers on the incoming flight reportedly disobeyed instructions to wear face masks, and that as a result, Lufthansa staff allegedly blocked all passengers who could clearly be identified as Jews from boarding their connecting flight.

The airline issued a statement saying, “We can confirm that Lufthansa has achieved a settlement with the great majority of passengers.” It provided no other information and declined to confirm a claim made by aviation news website Simple Flying that Lufthansa had agreed to pay $21,000 (about Rs 17 lakh) for each customer who was refused boarding.

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After the incident, local Chabad community leader Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal, a Berlin-based rabbi, and regional officials both expressed concern. Teichtal said German companies should be sensitive to possible antisemitism in light of the country’s Nazi past.

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