Tuesday, June 04, 2013
The senior class of a Brooklyn yeshiva high school was kicked off a flight for being "non-compliant."
The 101 students and eight chaperones from the Yeshivah of Flatbush were asked to leave the early-morning Southwest Airlines flight from New York to Atlanta on Monday morning, CNN reported.
The flight attendants said that the students did not stay seated and continued using their mobile devices in advance of take off, despite requests from the flight attendants and the captain. The airline told CNN that the group violated safety regulations.
Chaperones interviewed by CNN said that the flight crew overreacted. They said that some students had to be told twice to sit down and turn off their devices but that they all complied.
Yeshivah of Flatbush senior Jonathan Zehavi told CNN that the class was targeted because they were identifiably Jewish.
"They treated us like we were terrorists; I've never seen anything like it. I'm not someone to make these kinds of statements," Zehavi told CNN. "I think if it was a group of non-religious kids, the air stewardess wouldn't have dared to kick them off."
The airline gave the students travel vouchers to continue on to their trip's destination. The students went on several different flights, some taking up to 12 hours to meet up with the group.
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