Air France has admitted that it asked passengers to pay for fuel when a flight had to be diverted to Syria.
The Paris to Beirut flight was originally scheduled to divert to Jordan because of security concerns, but when it was unable to get a flight path it had to land in Damascus. The airport would only accept cash payments for fuel, so during the two-hour stopover passengers were asked for cash to help pay the costs. It turned out that Air France was able to pay the cost in full without the aid of passenger money, but it has apologised for any inconvenience caused.
In a statement released to CNN it said: “Air France confirms that it asked passengers if they had cash, as payments for fuel can only be made in cash in Damascus.
“Ultimately, Air France could pay the full amount itself, and passengers did not have to advance any cash”
The incident occurred last Wednesday.