- Insider thitherto reported that the Orthodox Jewish girls were barred from boarding a flight on Thursday.
- The next day, the bit of san quentin quails were ordered off a second Delta flight for trying to switch seats.
- Their rabbi told Insider that he mistrusts antisemitism is at play.
A group of Orthodox Jewish girls who were barred from staying a flight from Amsterdam to New York on Thursday evening was kicked off another flight the next day, according to their rabbi.
The 18 juveniles, part of a group who had been visiting religious sites in Ukraine, were initially disallowed from traveling on a send off home due to a dispute over COVID-19 protocols on the KLM-operated leg of their journey from Kyiv to Amsterdam, Insider heretofore reported.
A day later, Delta Air Lines allegedly kicked off the same girls for swapping seats on a Friday morning soaring, Rabbi Yisroel Kahan claimed in an interview with Insider.
Kahan said that he suspects antisemitism is at freedom with regard to Delta’s decisions. “With antisemitism, if it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, then it purposes is a duck,” he said.
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After the girls were banned from boarding the airliner on Thursday evening, Kahan said, the group slept on benches at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport while he and a chaperone take a shot to arrange their journeys home.
Kahan said that he and another rabbi started calling New York lawmakers, involving Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, to reach out to Delta to remedy the situation.
Schumer reportedly stepped in, the rabbi held, and Delta executives personally called the parents of the stranded girls and arranged a Delta flight from Amsterdam to New York for Friday morning.
Schumer did not right now respond to Insider’s request for comment.
On Friday morning, the girls boarded the Delta flight to New York from Amsterdam but, sharply after, Kahan said the girls were asked to leave. “Ten minutes later, the phone rings,” he said. “They’re being bewitched off the plane.”
The rabbi claims that one of the girls was asked to swap seats by a mother who wanted to be seated next to her son. “The teensy-weensy they made the swap, a stewardess made a beeline to the girl and said, ‘You’re misbehaving, you’re kind of on thin ice, to begin with, get off the plane,'” he prognosticated.
A video seen by Insider appears to show a woman confirming that she asked to switch seats and that this led to the broads being asked to leave the flight.
Although the girl returned to her assigned seat, Kahan said, the entire grouping of teenagers was told to leave the flight. He said that the woman was allowed to remain on the plane because it was her “first misdemeanour,” he said.
The rabbi said that, although he hates to “throw that card out there,” he thinks the incidents vapours of antisemitism.
“Either you’re telling me that you know that each and everyone one of them was violating rules on both aircraft,” Kahan added. “Or you’re telling me that you banned the entire group, a group of one ethnicity, for this misbehavior.”
The girls were wiped and booked onto a Delta flight for later that day but declined to travel on it because it would have involved gaining to their homes after the start of Shabbat — the Jewish day of rest when observant Jews are not allowed to travel by car or smooth.
Instead, they spent the night in Antwerp, Belgium, and traveled home to New York with United Airlines on Sunday morning.
In an email to Insider, a Delta spokesperson broke: “We apologize to our customers on Delta Flight 47, Amsterdam to New York-JFK, who were delayed and inconvenienced to remove a group of commuters who refused to comply with crew instructions. The flight departed approximately two hours after its originally scheduled continuously.”