Lufthansa Crew Has Lost Their Marbles: Warning Sign That Customers Neckties Would Be Cut Off Put Up During Boarding!

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A Lufthansa Cabin Crew appears to have had a few drinks too many during the annual German carneval season, putting up a sign in the the plane warning passengers that they would cut off their neckties (a German carnival tradition).

I got this picture via email from a reader last night who picked it up at some online Forum or Facebook Group, saying this happened on a German domestic flight ex Hannover (HAJ).

Various parts of Germany are very much the annual Caneval celebration which includes women cutting off men’s ties during the Weiberfastnacht. Rhine River region is especially well known for their caneval enthusiam but one wouldn’t expect such a thing on a commercial flight of Germany’s flag carrier.

Since I don’t know the origin and surrounding discussion of the placard I can just post it as is.

The hand written sign reads:

Dear Guests – ATTENTION – German Weiberfastnacht

Flying into Karneval Region

Due to German Karneval we would cut off your ties today. If you do not want this please TAKE THEM OFF, PLEASE!

Your Crew

What to think about this? One word: Insane!

It’s one thing to engage in this casually while certain cities are in full festivities or at the bar. Sometimes even companies participate in this and men just buy a cheap tie for that purpose alone and that’s all fun and games. Confronting passengers with that on a random domestic flight is over the line however, not just because there are plenty of international customers on board as well.

The sign was attached to the airplane fuselage with a catering sticker (Orange Juice load), identifying the flight as LH048 Frankfurt-Hannover, respectively the return rotation.

Conclusion

I assume that at least the cabin crew including the Purser was in on this. Not sure about the Captain of the flight. I highly doubt that Lufthansa management condones something like this and when contacting a friend who is actually a LH flight attendant she said that this is a complete no go.

I’d really love to hear more about what actually happened on this flight. Maybe someone who flew Lufthansa this week can chime in or we even manage to find the original poster of the picture.

What do you think, does this go too far?

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  1. As a foreigner living in Germany, this is quite fun. I buy a cheap ugly tie every year for this. I can see locals getting annoyed by this though.

    • Owan, you win the Internet today!
      This is the most ridiculous blog post I’ve seen.

      This is great. Only a troll who can’t spell Carnival (aka Fasching in Germany) would find this to be anything less than a fun reminder that it’s Carnival, so loosen up!

  2. Typical American outrage at your end about something just trivial. Calm down.

    This is local custom and passengers would have been told via the intercom – don’t see it as a “warning” but an “invitation”. Trust me, no one’s ties would have been forcefully cut… And especially not beaten up and dragged off a plane. I can imagine that this was done with male flight attendants in front of the passengers to entertain them.

    There are mistletoes on top of Singapore business class seats every year around Christmas. And guess what no one is forced to make out under them either.

    Flying doesn’t have to be sterile and boring. Unless people like you write articles about potential “outrage” the whole time and make airlines execs afraid of any decision outside of the norm.

  3. If you can not handle the culture and customs of other countries stay home. Do not waste your miserably short vacations, how much was that again? 2 weeks? traveling far from Candango, Oklahoma. Salutations.

  4. Of course this is not going too far! This is a hilarious German tradition going back decades, and it’s all clean, good fun. Not everything has to be 100% politically correct. Lufthansa is not the No Fun Airline…

    I have to second Owan..”What is it like to have even less of a sense of humor than the Germans?”

    Must be a horrible life to be you…

  5. What I find much more concerning than this story is that there is a flight between HAJ and FRA in the first place.

    How far is Hannover from Frankfurt by car or train, maybe 2.5 hours? Ridiculous that people even consider that flying is an option for this connection…

    • This is most likely a transfer feeder flight – start in HAJ, end on the other side of the planet. Doubt it’s much point to point traffic.

    • There are plenty of flights like that all over the world. ALB-EWR on United.. barely 40 minutes in air. You can get to NYC in 2.5 hours or so to Penn Station by Amtrak. It’s mostly connections I’m sure.

    • Have you never heard of the concept of a “feeder flight” — HAJ is a major destination for people from around the world thanks to being the trade fair capital of Europe. But they have a minor airport. How are you going to get from Tokyo to Hannover, or from Los Angeles to Hanover? Most likely connecting through FRA or MUC.

  6. Some US consultants didn’t believe the warnings and lost half their ties at the cafeteria – while the local director kept his 😂

  7. Just relax and have fun:
    Option 1: take off your tie
    2: wear a cheap, ugly tie and let them cut it off
    3: insert a thick metalmwire into your old tie and watch them try to cut it off

  8. I don’t find anything wrong with that. Its Germany and Germany’s tradition, if you don’t like it, fly the fuck home and don’t come here!

  9. You must be fun at parties…
    Maybe be less stuck up and just play along or let them know you don’t want it.

  10. We used to do this with our teachers and it was great fun. Some specifically wore old ties to give us the pleasure but maybe not on a LH flight 😂

  11. Feel bad for this Sebastian dude. He seems like a party pooper and sounds like they don’t like to have fun! When in Germany – go with the flow. Don’t hate, appreciate !:) And why are you wearing a tie anyways on this flight, that should be a crime in itself!

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