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21 November 2018 - 14 Kislev 5779 - י"ד כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ט
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Kuwait Airways guilty of racial discrimination E-mail

Kuwait Airways agreed last month to pay damages plus legal costs to an Israeli woman who was refused a ticket on a flight from London to Bangkok on the grounds of her nationality.

Mandy Blumenthal, with the help of UK Lawyers for Israel, had claimed damages against the airline for racial discrimination and harassment after she tried to buy a return ticket to the Thai capital at Heathrow Airport in November 2017.

Blumenthal’s encounter at the Kuwait Airways desk was filmed and the video is available on YouTube. It shows that Kuwait Airways was prepared to sell her the ticket but refused once it saw the Israeli passport. The ticket clerk repeatedly explained that “Israeli passport holders are not permitted to travel on Kuwait Airways.”

The airline has agreed to pay Blumenthal damages but without admitting liability, UK Lawyers for Israel said. The report did not say how much the airline was willing to pay. “The law is clear: Direct discrimination on grounds of nationality in the provision of a service to the public is illegal,” said David Berens, one of Blumenthal’s attorneys. “Ms Blumenthal has done a service in showing up Kuwait Airways’ illegal policy. Kuwait Airways is now legally obliged to end this policy or end its services from the UK altogether.”

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