KEY POINTS

  • The incident happened on May 4 at Frankfurt Airport in Germany
  • The group of more than 100 Orthodox Jews was banned from boarding a Lufthansa airline to Hungary
  • The airline has rejected the claims of anti-Semitism and said the accusations were 'unwarranted and without merit'

A Jewish pilgrim group from New York City said they were all barred from their connecting flight in Germany while traveling to Budapest, Hungary, after a few of them did not wear face masks on the previous leg of the journey, reports said.

The group of more than 100 Orthodox Jews who had a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany, said they were not allowed to board a Lufthansa airline while traveling to Hungary last week, Mediaite reported.

The video of the incident that happened on May 4 was posted on Twitter and soon went viral on social media. The footage shows a representative from the airline talking to the passengers in the pilgrim group who were frustrated after being kicked out of the connecting flight.

The video begins with one of the passengers asking if the airline has decided to bar all Jewish people from the flight after a few of the passengers in the group violated the mask mandate. "Is this a Lufthansa's decision that all Jewish people on that flight, we can’t go on any other flight today? Because this is 2022, and this is a Western country. So this is to go to upper management because this is an (anti-Semitic act)," the man could be heard saying.

The airline representative at Frankfurt Airport then explains that the company's action would have been the same "if you were African" and continues by saying: "It was Jewish people who made the mess, Jewish people made the problem." When the customer further grills the staff asking her if they are banning all Jewish people from the flight that day, the staff responds saying: "Just from this flight."

Meanwhile, Lufthansa airlines confirmed that the group was barred from boarding the aircraft after violating the mask mandate in the country. "As a general rule, Lufthansa is obliged to follow the legal requirements valid in Germany," the company said in a statement.

"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 wear the legally mandated mask on board," the statement read, according to the New York Post.

 However, the company rejected the claims of anti-Semitism and said the accusations were "unwarranted and without merit."

The group eventually had to split up and take different routes and different airlines before reaching their destination in Hungary, according to reports.

Lufthansa warns that 'ticket prices will have to rise' due to the surge in fuel costs Lufthansa warns that 'ticket prices will have to rise' due to the surge in fuel costs Photo: AFP / Christof STACHE