Legal professionals for 26 passengers mentioned Friday they instructed Lufthansa that they’ll sue the German airline for refusing to let members of a giant group of Orthodox Jewish passengers board a aircraft after some had refused to put on masks on an earlier flight.
The legal professionals from the American Middle for Legislation & Justice, a conservative advocacy group primarily based in Washington, D.C., mentioned in a letter dated Thursday to Lufthansa’s CEO that the passengers have been victims of an “unconscionable antisemitic incident” on Could 4 in Frankfurt.
The legal professionals mentioned they’ll element the passengers’ “authorized claims and calls for” towards Lufthansa subsequent week. The letter was signed by 5 officers of the authorized heart, together with its chief counsel, Jay Sekulow, a member of former President Donald Trump’s authorized crew throughout his first impeachment trial.
Lufthansa apologized for the incident on Tuesday, saying it has “zero tolerance for racism, antisemitism and discrimination of any kind.” The airline mentioned it was reviewing the incident.
A gaggle of passengers flew from New York to Frankfurt, the place they deliberate to hook up with a flight to Budapest. Some had allegedly refused to adjust to guidelines requiring face masks, and Lufthansa staffers blocked passengers who seemed to be Jewish as a result of they have been carrying cranium caps or had sidelocks, in line with German media accounts.