- The South African authorities has attacked Ryanair’s determination to quiz passengers in Afrikaans.
- The Department of Home Affairs in South Africa mentioned it was “taken aback,” Reuters reported.
- Ryanair beforehand mentioned prospects could be refused journey if they can’t full the check.
The South African authorities labeled Ryanair’s new coverage of constructing South African passengers fill out a pre-flight questionnaire issued within the Afrikaans language a “backward profiling system,” Reuters reported on Tuesday.
The price range airline beforehand advised Insider that South African prospects could be unable to journey from the UK and Europe if they might not full the language check.
The requirement comes because the South African Department of Home Affairs lately accused criminals of making faux passports on the market in South Africa, a number of shops reported.
In an announcement despatched to Insider, the airline mentioned: “Due to the high prevalence of fraudulent South African passports, we require passengers travelling to the UK to fill out a simple questionnaire issued in Afrikaans.”
According to Reuters, the Department of Home Affairs in South Africa mentioned: “We are taken aback by the decision of this airline.” It added that there have been different measures in place for airways to observe fraudulent exercise and confirm passports.
The Department didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark made exterior of regular working hours.
The UK High Commission in South Africa confirmed in a tweet on Friday that the check was not a requirement for South African passport holders to enter the UK.
The EU Delegation to South Africa additionally confirmed to Insider that the language checks aren’t a requirement for South African passport holders coming into the European Union.
A South African man who was required to take the check by Ryanair advised Insider’s Urooba Jamal that it was “callous” and “insensitive.”