Six Israeli passengers were arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after refusing to wear masks on a Lufthansa flight from Tel Aviv to Frankfurt.
Israeli Passengers Arrested In Germany After Horrific Lufthansa Flight
Once again, alcohol was a culprit. The group allegedly purchased copious amounts of alcohol from a duty free shop at Ben Gurion International Airport and had begun consuming it in-flight, with masks lowered of course.
When flight attendants admonished the travelers not to consume their alcohol onboard, the passengers refused. When flight attendants admonished the travelers to put their masks on, the passengers refused. In fact, the passengers responded by cursing out the flight attendants.
Despite several warnings, the passengers refused to stop. However, the aircraft did not divert. Instead, the captain radioed ahead to summon law enforcement officials and the flight continued to Frankfurt. Upon landing, police met the aircraft and arrested the six passengers.
The Yeshiva World reports all six passengers were Israelis. A passenger described what occurred onboard:
“They had their masks off for the entirety of the flight. They continued to stand in spite of being told several times to sit down, including being told by the pilot over the loudspeaker. They opened a bottle of alcohol and began doing shots. Nothing helped. When we arrived, the pilot asked us all to stay in our seats as police had been asked to intervene and were currently boarding the plane. The six passengers cursed out the staff and continued drinking. They were simply acting in a disgusting manner. This was well out of the ordinary. It was embarrassing for us all.”
Yesterday it was Tunis Air, today Lufthansa…poor drunken behavior is not reserved for the Anglo world. But I admire that the crew opted to continue to Germany and leave the hoodlums to themselves…too many diversions strike me as necessary. Now I hope these six receive stiff fines and criminal records that will remind them for the rest of their lives that it does not pay to drink and fly.