Friday, August 17, 2012

Airplane Passengers Asked For Gas Money After Emergency Landing

Paris, FRANCE – All of us who have traveled have been subjected to unexpected and inconvenient layovers, but I’m guessing that very few of the literally tens of people reading this article had their airplane diverted into a war zone. And then had their pilot bum gas money off them.

If that sounds familiar, then you might have been a passenger on Air France Flight 562 which diverted to an emergency layover in war-torn Syria. The plane was headed from Paris, France to Lebanon’s capital of Beirut, but was diverted due to some kind of conflict at the Beirut airport, reports NBC News. The emergency diversion put flight 562 in Damascus, the capital of neighboring Syria, a country where civil war is currently raging.

Low on fuel, the crew started asking passengers if they had any cash on their persons. What for? To pay for more jet fuel. Ready for the strangest part?

This was actually kind of a smart move.

And Air France spokesman explained Friday that the crew only asked the passengers for cast as a “precautionary measure” due to the “very unusual circumstances.” Due to the civil war, and sanctions against Syria, payment for extra fuel is complicated to put it lightly. Having no other choice but to land in Damascus, lest the pilot put the passenger’s lives in danger, asking for cash to guarantee their passage out of the war-torn country was pretty slick, despite the appearance of inconvenience.

Luckily, Air France figured out how to pay for the fuel without resorting to passenger cash reserves. They apologized for the inconvenience and landed safely in Beirut.

We don’t know much about the economy of war-torn Syria, but it could have been worse. They could have been on the barter system.

And at least the flight was only confusing and slightly scary, as opposed to the Russian Airbus A330 flight Wednesday, which was full-on scary, according to ABC News. That flight was diverted to Iceland over a bomb threat.
Plane diverts to Syria, passengers asked if they could pay for fuel 
PARIS -- An emergency layover in Syria's war-torn capital was bad enough. Then passengers on Air France Flight 562 were asked to open their wallets to check if they had enough cash to pay for more fuel.

The plane, heading from Paris to Lebanon's capital, diverted amid clashes near the Beirut airport on Wednesday. Low on fuel, it instead landed in Damascus, the capital of neighboring Syria, where a civil war is raging.

An Air France spokesman explained Friday that the crew inquired about passenger cash only as a "precautionary measure" because of the "very unusual circumstances."

 Sanctions against Syria complicated payment for extra fuel.

He said Air France found a way to pay for the fill-up without tapping customer pockets — and apologized for the inconvenience.

The plane landed safely in Beirut.

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