Jews thrown off British Flight in Spain for being Jews - Easy Jet flight EZY 3920 from Barcelona to Paris
Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Dozens of Jewish families from Paris who were traveling from Barcelona say that they were removed by Spanish armed police officers from their flight on the way home to the French capital after Passover, with one passenger – a Holocaust survivor – saying that the police’s treatment of them was similar to the behavior of Nazi Germany’s SS during World War II.
Almost 200 Jewish passengers, including elderly men, pregnant women and babies were in Spain for Passover and were scheduled to fly back May 1 on easyJet Flight 3920 to Paris.
What happened in the next few hours after checking in was simply unbelievable, passenger Halimi Emmanuel said in an interview Wednesday.
Many of the Jewish male passengers were wearing yarmulkes.During the security briefing [to the passengers], one of the flight attendants named OMAR allowed himself to say “CHUTT” in a loud voice [i.e., “shush!” in an implicitly rude manner] to an old person who was speaking quietly to his 15-year-old grandson, blasting instructions at him in Spanish and not English.
The old man, not understanding Spanish, stopped talking.
I was seated at the front of the plane in seat 3C and I saw OMAR complain to the cabin chief about the bad behavior of a passenger; the cabin chief responded in English that they [would] see about that in Paris.
About 30 minutes later, the attendants complained over the microphone that a person didn’t want to secure her children and [therefore] we couldn’t take off.
One of my neighbors offered to go speak to this family, as perhaps they couldn’t speak English.
This man got up and I saw him return a minute later telling me he didn’t understand: everyone was secured, there was no problem.
And for another 20 minutes, we waited. An attendant named Christina went back and forth with the one named Omar, and spoke constantly over the microphone in a hurried and [unhealthy; probably “unprofessional”] manner. She spoke in Spanish or a really inferior English, proclaiming that she didn’t speak a word of French.