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Austrian Airlines Fires Flight Attendant for Chanting Antisemitic Slogans

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Austrian Airlines announced on Thursday that it had fired one of its flight attendants after video footage emerged of her chanting antisemitic slogans at a far-right demonstration in Vienna.

The national carrier, which is owned by Germany’s Lufthansa airline, confirmed in a statement that Christina Kohl was no longer its employee.

Kohl, a political activist who is standing for election to Vienna’s municipal council, was filmed chanting slogans at a demonstration that attacked the familiar targets of the far right, including the Rothschild banking family and the “Illuminati,” a purported cabal that right-wing conspiracy theorists insist controls the world.

Kohl is standing for election on the ticket of “Team HC Strache,” a far-right grouping launched by the former Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache.

A video showed her at a protest in the Austrian capital chanting “Rothschild must go” among other slogans.

In its statement announcing that it had terminated Kohl’s employment, Austrian Airlines underlined that its decision was not linked to her support for Strache, one of the country’s most controversial politicians who was forced to resign from as vice chancellor in 2017 on corruption charges.

“An employee of Austrian Airlines made public antisemitic statements as part of her political commitment,” a spokesperson for Austrian Airlines told the Kurier news outlet. “We are an international company that crosses borders in the context of its business purpose. Here, however, we have to draw a very clear line.”

The spokesperson noted that Kohl’s behavior was “inexcusable, and statements of this kind are in no way compatible with our company values.”

“We have therefore taken appropriate measures to ensure that something like this does not happen again,” the spokesperson added.