Lufthansa warns male passengers of carnival antics
Tells foreign passengers that they may find their ties cut off and be kissed by strangers.
Berlin -- German carrier Lufthansa is to warn international passengers, men in particular, about the dangers of landing at airports on the Rhine on Thursday, the day women cut men's ties off and compensate them with an unexpected kiss.
The airline said it would make announcements on its flights landing at Cologne/Bonn and Dusseldorf airports to prepare passengers for potentially traumatic encounters on arrival at the airports and later the cities themselves.
Thursday falls six days before Ash Wednesday, which marks the start of Lent, and is traditionally the day in the Catholic parts of Germany when "Weiberfastnacht," one of the high points of the carnival season, is celebrated.
Lufthansa spokesman Frank Puettmann said the company was concerned for the wellbeing of its international passengers.
He recalled the case of a Japanese man who had his tie cut off shortly after arriving. "This customer promptly booked a return flight to Japan," Puettnam said.
DPA with Expatica