December 2, 2022

BENGALURU: Mechanical engineer Krishna of HSR Structure claimed he wasn’t permitted to board a flydubai flight to Dubai at Kempegowda Worldwide Airport on Sunday because the airline floor workers insisted he produce report of an RT-PCR take a look at carried out inside 48 hours earlier than departure.
Krishna, who was carrying a unfavourable report obtained inside 72 hours, underwent a recent fast PCR take a look at by paying Rs 3,000 and examined unfavourable. But he was turned away citing the invalidity of the 72-hour report.
No prior SMS alert on the change in take a look at interval was despatched by the airline, the 52-year-old Bengalurean alleged. Seven others presupposed to take the flight, FZ 406, underwent the identical ordeal. They had been all pressured to cancel their Bengaluru-Dubai tickets costing over Rs 30,000 every.
“We obtained no SMS alert concerning the RT-PCR take a look at validity being lowered to 48 hours for passengers. I got here from Dubai to Bengaluru with a take a look at report taken inside 72 hours earlier than the journey. I used to be shocked on Sunday morning when the flydubai floor workers refused to just accept my Covid unfavourable report with a validity of 72 hours,” lamented the engineer, who was scheduled to fly on work. He cancelled his one-way ticket and rebooked his journey.
Sources with the Dubaibased service stated it had been up to date on its official portal that travellers from India must produce Covid take a look at report inside 48 hours previous to departure and all passengers had been suggested to completely go although the foundations.
“Earlier, the flydubai portal had stated the take a look at report wanted to be inside 72 hours however on November 11, 2021, it was modified to 48 hours and flyers weren’t alerted. There was no intimation through telephone calls or textual content messages, and we needed to discover out on the airport gates, which was a bitter expertise,” lamented one other flyer who was pressured to cancel his FZ 406 ticket and return to his Indiranagar residence.
The 43-year-old passenger additionally alleged that the flydubai floor workers made all those that had been carrying stories taken 72 hours earlier bear a fast PCR take a look at (primarily based on molecular diagnostic testing) normally carried out for boarding passengers.
“We paid Rs 3,000 every for the take a look at with the assumption that they might allow us to board the flight if we examined unfavourable. However that was not the case,” stated the passenger. “In the event that they didn’t plan to permit us, why did they make us pay Rs 3,000 and bear one other take a look at? It’s clear harassment,” he added.
Sources in flydubai at KIA stated data on Covid take a look at end result necessities has been up to date country-wise on the official web site and has been altered primarily based on change in guidelines in UAE, which some passengers failed to note.
Nevertheless, they stated that the fast PCR take a look at was a part of normal Covid pointers. The airline didn’t give its official model of the occasions until Monday night.

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