Each of the plaintiff flight attendants, described as veterans with experience ranging from 10 to 40 years, worked Delta’s New York-Tel Aviv flight from JFK airport to Ben-Gurion airport. Two of them are ethnically “Jewish/Hebrew/Israeli” and were “disciplined or subjected to a hostile work environment” for associating with others Jews, according to a statement from the plaintiffs’ attorney, Brian R. Mildenberg.
One flight attendant claims to have been fired for being Jewish. The airline says she was fired for missing a flight — that she acknowledges missing — but says she had been granted unpaid Family and Medical Leave Act leave. Another claims being denied advancement to purser because she’s an Israeli Jew.
Another was suspended and had travel privileges revoked for sharing a buddy pass with a Jewish friend for travel on the airline’s New York JFK – Tel Aviv flight, with the airline suggesting she had sold the travel privilege.
Delta vigorously denies the allegations stating, “As a global airline that brings people across the world together every day, Delta values diversity in all aspects of its business and has zero tolerance for discrimination.”
In 2011 Delta was accused of anti-semitism for its partnership with Saudia, the Saudi Arabian airline, because of Saudi Arabia’s policy of generally not admitting anyone with an Israeli passport stamp into the country.
I wrote at the time that Delta doesn’t hate Jews. They do lie, though — in response to the controversy they stated “Delta does not intend to codeshare or share reciprocal benefits, such as frequent flier benefits, with Saudi Arabian Airlines” when of course shortly thereafter they introduced reciprocal frequent flyer benefits through the airline’s admission into the SkyTeam alliance which was fully expected at the time.
And of course Delta employs racist tactics against Middle Easterners (though not Israelis) in their quest to profit by political rather than economic means shutting down competition from Emirates, Etihad, and Qatar.