- Previous coverage:
- Part 1, originally published on 5/8: OUTRAGEOUS: German Airline Bans Jews From Flying; Lufthansa Supervisor: It’s “Jewish People Who Were The Mess, Who Made The Problems, Everyone Has To Pay For A Couple!”
- Part 2, originally published on 5/10: Lufthansa’s Apology Takes Things From Bad To Worse With 9 Things That Remain Unaddressed; The Media Needs To Get This Story Right
- Part 3, originally published on 5/11: Lufthansa CEO Apologizes To Rabbi Of Berlin For Anti-Semitism On His Airline, Suspends Employees Involved
- Part 4, originally published on 5/18: What Has Happened In The 2 Weeks Since Lufthansa’s Shocking Anti-Semitic Fiasco In Frankfurt
- Part 5, originally published on 5/24: Here Is The Apology Letter That Lufthansa’s CEO Is Sending Passengers That Were Denied Boarding To Budapest; Is The 4th Time The Charm?
- Part 6, background covered in Ami Magazine’s 5/25 issue.
- Part 7, originally published on 5/24: Here Is Lufthansa’s Response To The US DOT Complaints Filed Against Them
The Times Of Israel is reporting that an investigation commissioned by Lufthansa found no evidence of institutional antisemitism that led to Lufthansa banning some 130 visibly Jewish passengers from flying on the airline for 24 hours. That’s despite a Lufthansa employee acknowledging that just a small number of Jewish passengers caused mask related problems on their flight to Frankfurt.
The Times reports that Lufthansa Airlines CEO Jens Ritter called the antisemitism charge “categorically inappropriate.”
That’s despite Mr. Ritter previously writing that his airline was embarrassed by what transpired as it was not reflective of what Lufthansa stands for and despite the reported apologies for the antisemitism at Lufthansa by Lufthansa group CEO Carsten Spohr.
It’s also despite a Lufthansa employee stating that “Jewish people who were the mess, who made the problems, everyone has to pay for a couple!”
In a letter reviewed by the JTA, Lufthansa states that the internal task force found that some crew members were “insensitive and unprofessional,” but didn’t reveal any sentiments of antisemitism by Lufthansa representatives.
Ritter blamed “an unfortunate chain of inaccurate communication, misinterpretation and unintended misjudgments” and “several Orthodox Jewish passengers” who “created a tenuous situation” and prompted “several announcements” from the captain.
Mr. Ritter did promise that his airline would create a senior management role for the prevention of discrimination and antisemitism and says that the airline still deeply regrets the denied boarding and the impact it had on our passengers.
Deborah Lipstadt, the US State Department’s special envoy for antisemitism, plans on meeting with Lufthansa Group CEO Carsten Spohr to discuss the incident and allegations of antisemitism at the airline.
I have also heard from people close to those involved in a lawsuit against Lufthansa that the airline is hiding behind the Montreal Convention, which the airline says bars recovery of punitive, exemplary damages, and other non-compensatory damages. Lufthansa has also told them that the incident has been investigated and it occurred due to “a chain of miscommunications, misjudgments and erroneous assumptions among our employees in Frankfurt.” That has been used to offer just a pittance to the passengers as a settlement offer.
Lufthansa has not responded to our requests for comment since May 8th. We have once again reached out to the airline for comment about their investigation into the incident.
What do you think of Lufthansa’s investigation and their action after the fiasco in Frankfurt?
HT: s mh