JNS.org – After 101 students from the Yeshivah of FlatbushÂ Joel Braverman High School in Brooklyn, as well as their eight chaperones, were kicked off anÂ AirTranÂ flight departing to Atlanta for their senior class trip on Monday, those involved claim the group was unfairly targeted.Â “They treated us like we were terrorists,” student Jonathan ZehaviÂ toldÂ CNN.
Southwest Airlines, which managed the AirTran flight, called the group of students “non-compliant passengers.” But teacher Marian Wielgus said the flight attendants were “nasty” and overreacted to a few chatty kids, while most of the group was cooperative. “I think if it was a group of non-religious kids, the air stewardess wouldn’t have dared to kick them off,” Zehavi said.
The students had refused to stay seated and turn off their mobile devices when asked. “Both are violations of federal air regulations, as well as our policies,” Southwest spokeswomanÂ Whitney EichingerÂ said, according to theÂ New York Daily News. “The sole reason these customers were removed from the aircraft was due to their behavior. Anything otherwise is unfounded and offensive,” she added.