- FlySafair took a firm stance on Saturday evening and removed a passenger who refused to wear a face mask
- The airline said that they refused to compromise on the Covi-19 regulations and the safety of their passengers
- Flight FA288 was departing from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and was destined to land at Durban's King Shaka International Airport
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Flight FA288 was delayed due to a passenger who was removed from the plane for refusing to follow health and safety regulations. The passenger refused to wear a mask and was subsequently removed from the flight on Saturday evening.
The flight was departing from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport and was destined to land at Durban's King Shaka International Airport.
Kirby Gordon, the Chief Marketing Officer said that the airline refused to place their customers' health in jeopardy and would not budge on the Covid-19 regulations according to SABC.
“After addressing a passenger he decided he still no longer wanted to wear his mask. So unfortunately we had to offload the passenger from the aircraft. SAPS were contacted and he was escorted off by SAPS. It’s absolutely imperative, if we don’t follow the regulations we stand the risk of losing our operating licence. And at this stage wearing a mask in public and on an aircraft is as much a law as anything else so we have to treat it the same way as if an individual were to sit down and light a cigarette or refuse to wear their seatbelt,” says Gordon.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za Embattled airline South African Airways (SAA) owes its technical staff R90 million and is currently waiting for funding to pay them. Staff members held a demonstration on Monday in Kempton Park, claiming they had only received half of their pay.
The staff members said that management had gotten their pay in full. The staff also claimed that they were informed at the very last minute that they would only be receiving 25% of their salaries when they usually received 50%.
In December, the airline put a pause on all operations and proceeded to seek bankruptcy protection. Administrators for SAA said they needed R10.5 billion to recommence activities, while Finance Minister Tito Mboweni is only prepared to provide guarantees on R4 billion to R5 billion on the amount given.
In other news, the Democratic Alliance has lashed out against Finance Minister Tito Mboweni for his changed stance on the massively inflated public wage bill.
Responding to a parliamentary question on the $4.3 billion loan granted by the International Monetary Fund, Mboweni had answered that:
“The loan receipts (or disbursements) will form part of the National Revenue Fund to be used to support existing government programmes, which could include salary payments.”
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