The Yeshiva World
A Ukrainian Airlines flight packed with Jews heading from JFK Airport to Tel Aviv for Sukkos came under “Jewish profiling” on Thursday.
Flight PS777 took off in JFK, and had a stopover in Ukraine. This is where this disturbing incident took place.
Multiple passengers that YWN spoke with, along with the attached footage shows that nearly every Jewish passenger was forced to place their hand luggage into a case to see if it fit. Despite that nearly every person’s bag fit perfectly, they were all charged $150 extra to be allowed take their bag on the plane with them.
The passengers say that only Jews were asked to put their hand luggage into the case to see the size.
Another passenger told YWN that a nice woman working at the check in desk in JFK warned her that when she got to Ukraine this would happen as they “try to make money off you people”. Sure enough, this is exactly what happened.
This is not the first incident that YWN published regarding Ukrainian Airlines.
In May 2019, we reported about Orthodox Jewish passengers on a Ukrainian flight from Tel Aviv to JFK, with a brief stop in Kiev. As the passengers were about to board the plane in Tel Aviv, Ukrainian Airlines personnel began making everyone place their hand luggage into a box to measure the size. Strangely, their luggage all fit, but were told they cannot take it on the plane with them. Instead, they were given a “green sticker” with no tracking number on it.