If warnings and requests are not working, then a fine is surely going to get the much-needed attention. That seems to be the reasoning behind FlySafair’s latest update on their terms and conditions.
Passengers who refuse to wear a mask may be arrested upon arrival, added to the airline’s “no-fly” list. In extreme cases, where a flight is diverted as a result of non-compliance, offenders can be billed approximately R100,000 for the inconvenience, reports Business Insider.
In October last year, a passenger was removed from a FlySafair flight for refusing to wear a mask. Now, with their updated terms and conditions, that passenger would have been slapped with a R100,000 fine. The fine is based on the amount of money it will cost the airline to divert the flight, if the captain feels it is the best option, as well as all applicable costs involved.
According to their website, FlySafair will ask a passenger who refuses to wear a mask to keep their mask on. If they still refuse to do so, an information card will be presented to them.
The information card contains the very stern warning that they have to comply with the country’s laws or they will be put on the airline’s no-fly zone, face the R100,000 fine, and be greeted by the SAPS once they arrive at the airport chosen by the captain.
If the plane is still on the ground, the passenger will be asked to leave the plane immediately.