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Jewish Couple Sues Airline Over Alleged Discrimination

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Less than five days after being kicked off a flight, due to being told they have an offensive body odor, an Orthodox Jewish couple has filed a federal lawsuit against American Airlines alleging discrimination.

Yehuda Yosef Adler and his wife Jennie Adler sued American Airlines on Jan. 28, seeking punitive damages for civil rights violations, negligence, infliction of emotional distress and defamation, according to Courthouse News.

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The Adlers say they were on the flight from Miami to Detroit on Jan. 23 sitting at the gate with their 19-month-old daughter when an American Airlines representative told them there was an emergency and they must deplane.

They were then told by the captain their body odor was offensive to other passengers.

The couple says they told the gate agent they had showered that morning and had never received any complaints about their hygiene on airplanes.

According to the complaint, “In response, defendant’s agent made disparaging and derogatory statements telling the Adlers that he knew that Orthodox Jews take baths once a week.”

The couple says the airline defamed them with false statements to the press that several passengers and crew members had complained that they smelled.

The Adlers, who began filming the encounter after they were told to leave, asked several other passengers if they smelled and each passenger said ‘no.’

American Airlines did not comment on pending litigation but a spokesman told the Miami Herald at the time of the incident that “Our Miami airport team members were concerned about the comfort of our other passengers due to the odor.”

American said it paid for a hotel room for the family and then put them on a flight to Detroit the next day.

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United Airlines Provides Free Flights to Medical Volunteers

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United Airlines has partnered with the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City in order to provide free roundtrip flights for doctors, nurses and other medical professionals working to treat patients with coronavirus.

“Our healthcare workers are heroes, and they need reinforcements,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. “This generous partnership with United Airlines will ensure medical professionals from across the country can come to New York City to help us in our hour of need.”

New York has become the focal point of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S., specifically in New York City, which has more than 50,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19. Hospital staff quickly found themselves overwhelmed due to overcrowding. Several notable landmarks have been converted into makeshift hospitals throughout the city.

United is also working with local government agencies and non-profit partners to provide New York hospitals with much-needed qualified medical professionals. The airline is closely collaborating with a network of professional medical volunteer organizations to help enlist volunteers and bring them to locations where they are needed the most.

“The COVID-19 pandemic is one of those extraordinary times that demonstrates how we come together as a profession to provide desperately needed assistance and care,” said Society of Critical Care Medicine President, Lewis J Kaplan, M.D., FCCM.

United has joined many brands across the nation to help support front-line responders by providing them free or reduced services.

Several hotels and lodging brands are offering free or subsidized housing for medical workers and front-line responders, while local and national restaurants are providing these workers with free food or large discounts.

This post was published by our news partner: TravelPulse.com | Article Source

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