COLOGNE, DE – German airline Lufthansa has issued a formal apology for a recent incident involving a group of Jewish travelers. The airline admitted regret for not being more subtle with their racism in the statement.
As has been widely reported, a large group of Jewish travelers – including many Orthodox Jews – was recently denied boarding on a Lufthansa flight they were traveling on as part of an annual religious pilgrimage.
The group of more than 130 Jews apparently had a few members that were not complying with a mask mandate. As a result, the plane captain decided to deny boarding to every person who “looked like a Jew” on the flight – whether they were part of the group or not or whether they were wearing their mask correctly or not.
Some of the incident was captured on video, below where a Lufthansa supervisor can be heard telling staff it’s the “Jewish people who were the mess.”
In response to the shocking situation, Lufthansa subsequently released a statement admitting regret for the incident being captured on video and acknowledging they need to do a better job of being more subtle with their racism.
In the statement, the airline notes:
“It’s not the policy of Lufthansa to openly discriminate against different races. As noted, in our first apology, we instruct our staff to be very subtle about their racism. For example, the staff shouldn’t have denied boarding to just Jewish people. They should have included a few Native Americans and at least a few Italians and Greeks in the denial. You know, spread it out a bit. In fact, the crew of the plane shouldn’t even have used the word ‘Jew’ – it’s against company policy.”Official Lufthansa Statement
The airline went on to say that it would be conducting internal training with all employees. The training would be focused on providing a comprehensive toolkit to use when attempting to disguise racist actions.
For example, when being faced with an opportunity to selectively target a race, employees should also “let a few people in the target class” not be affected by the actions they are taking. This will, according to a spokesperson, “reduce some of the legal liability that may result from the actions.” Staff will also be instructed to be more vigilant when conducting racist operations to minimize the chances of being recorded.
The airline also indicated they were going to make a donation of $25 US Dollars to a Jewish Charity in Hoboken, NJ.
Many in the travel industry were quite pleased with Lufthansa’s quick recognition that their racism was showing and lauded the airline for acknowledging they had work to do in hiding their racism a little better – as is expected in the 21st century.
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