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Allegations of anti-Semitism: Lufthansa compensates Jewish passengers after flight exclusion


In May, a group of Jewish passengers was denied boarding on a Lufthansa plane. Now the airline has compensated most of those excluded.

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Lufthansa machines (in Frankfurt am Main): 21,000 euros in compensation are reported for each excluded passenger


Arne Dedert / dpa

Lufthansa financially compensated Jewish passengers after being barred from a flight in May.

A company spokesman told SPIEGEL on Tuesday, confirming a report by the industry service Simple Flying.

According to the spokesman, Lufthansa had “reached an agreement with the vast majority of passengers”.

There will be no public comment on the details of the agreement.

"Simple Flying" reported that each of the 128 customers affected received $21,000 in compensation.

The scandal cost the airline the equivalent of around 2.6 million euros.

The incident occurred on May 4th on a flight from New York via Frankfurt to Budapest.

A large number of passengers were denied the onward flight when changing planes in Frankfurt am Main after some had not complied with the obligation to wear an FFP2 mask on board on the previous flight.

Those affected accused Lufthansa of anti-Semitism because all passengers who were outwardly recognizable as orthodox Jews were excluded.

Lufthansa had apologized and emphasized that the airline had no tolerance for racism, anti-Semitism or discrimination of any kind.


Source: spiegel

All business articles on 2022-11-30

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