Pilots REFUSE to fly rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan – 200 flights grounded

Tuesday, December 5, 2017
By Paul Martin

GERMAN pilots grounded over 200 flights after refusing to be involved in the deportations of failed asylum-seekers, it’s been reported. Twitter users have been very vocal on the subject with one stating the world had “gone mad”.

Tue, Dec 5, 2017

German pilots have grounded over 200 flights after refusing to be part of the deportation of failed asylum-seekers.

The government stated 222 planned flights were stopped by pilots who reportedly wanted no part in the controversial return of refugees to Afghanistan.

Between January and September 222 flights were cancelled with 140 of those at Frankfurt airport.

Local media report 85 of the disrupted flights were on Lufthansa and its subsidiary, Eurowings. The airline told Express.co.uk: “Lufthansa fundamentally rejects deportations against the resistance of those affected.

“In spite of its statutory obligation to carry passengers, Lufthansa can exclude passengers from the flight if, among other things, it is to be feared that their behaviour or condition could constitute a concrete danger to safety and order on board, endanger themselves or others, or if such transport would represent an unreasonable burden on other passengers.

“For information on the numbers stated, please refer to the German federal government who is the author of this information. Lufthansa cannot comment on the numbers stated.”

Forty of the flights were due to take off from Dusseldorf airport – a place famed for protesters on the tarmac.

Since the news of the pilots’ refusal to fly, Twitter has been awash with varying opinions.

AC Budabin said: “Ay grounding their flights, they ground unfair asylum processes to a halt: German pilots as #upstanders choosing to #welcomerefugees as challenge to deportations of failed asylum-seekers.”

And Monish Bhatia added: “German pilots ground 222 flights and REFUSE to #deport refuge seekers #Resistance #Humanity #AntiRacism Can we hope that British pilots will do the same @BALPApilots ?”

Jez added: “So now it’s pilots and not the German judicial system that decides who has the right to stay or not.

“Why do some people think they have the right to block or disrupt the carrying out of a legal decision just because they don’t like it. World’s gone mad!”

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