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South Africa ‘taken aback’ by Ryanair’s Afrikaans test to prove nationality

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GDANSK, POLAND – 2022/05/19: Ryanair planes are seen on the Lech Walesa Airport in Gdansk. (Photograph by Mateusz Slodkowski/SOPA Photos/LightRocket through Getty Photos)

JOHANNESBURG, June 7 (Reuters) – The South African authorities stated on Tuesday it was bowled over by Ryanair’s RYA.I choice to pressure UK-bound vacationers holding the nation’s passport to take a check in Afrikaans language to show nationality, calling the transfer a “backward profiling system”.

The Irish low-cost airline had from final week began forcing UK-bound vacationers with a South African passport to take a check in Afrikaans, a language spoken by simply 12% of the nation’s inhabitants and sometimes related to the apartheid and white minority rule. Learn full story

Europe’s largest airline by passenger numbers, which doesn’t function flights to and from South Africa, had cited that it was doing this to curb excessive prevalence of faux South African passports.

The Division of Dwelling Affairs in South Africa stated the native authorities had measures that it often shares with airways to curb any cases of faux paperwork.

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“We’re bowled over by the choice of this airline as a result of the Division often communicates with all airways to replace them on easy methods to validate South African passports, together with the feel and appear,” the division stated.

All airways have entry to the ‘Superior Passenger Processing’ system which permits them to display screen vacationers earlier than they depart and the federal government additionally runs a 24-hour service which airways can use in the event that they wish to authenticate South African passports, it stated.

“It’s not clear to which extent the airline has used these companies earlier than resorting to this backward profiling system.”

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