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Roughly 100 Orthodox Jews say they were booted from German flight after dispute
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About 100 Orthodox Jews from New York making their way to Europe for a religious pilgrimage said they were banned from a flight in Germany because just a few were not wearing masks.
"Due to operational reasons coming from the flight from New York, for all passengers here we have to cancel you on this flight," Lufthansa agents reportedly told the Jewish passengers, according to Jewish news outlet Hamodia.
Roughly 100 Orthodox Jews departed from JFK in New York City on May 3 to Frankfurt, Germany, for a layover before heading to Hungary for a pilgrimage. Several different groups of Jews making their way to Europe were on the flight, according to Mamodia.
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Masks are not required on U.S. flights, but Germany still has a law on the books mandating masks for travel. When the passengers from the New York City flight tried to board a flight to Budapest from Frankfurt, they were all denied permission to board, according to the passengers.