Yisroel and Chana Sternberg are suing Spirit Airlines alleging that a flight attendant racially discriminated against them spouted antisemitic hate towards them on a flight to Fort Lauderdale from Newark Liberty International Airport in January.
When the couple was told they could not board with the infant car seat they had brought, even though the couple had bought an extra seat on the plane to accommodate the child, Yisroel, who was seated separately from his wife, got up to assess the situation.
The flight attendant told Yisroel to “shut up” and move back to his original seat, according to the civil rights and defamation suit, which is asking for an unspecified compensatory and punitive damages for personal humiliation, loss of capacity for enjoyment of life, mental anguish and embarrassment.
Another passenger told the couple that he heard the flight attendant refer to them as “the retarded Jews.”
“At that point, it all becomes crystal clear to the Sternbergs. The flight crew of the flight was discriminating against them because the Sternbergs were Jewish,” the lawsuit said.
Spirit Airlines declined to comment on the ongoing litigation.
Read more at Times of Israel.