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Ryanair slammed for introducing Afrikaans test for South Africans travelers

(CNN) — Ryanair has come underneath hearth for asking South African travelers to take an Afrikaans test to show their nationality earlier than boarding flights.

The low-cost airline is being accused of racial discrimination after presenting passengers with a test within the West Germanic language, which was compelled upon black South Africans underneath apartheid and is barely utilized by an estimated 12% of the inhabitants.

News of the test got here to mild final month after a passenger touring from Portugal to London revealed on Twitter that he’d been requested to finish “a two page test in Afrikaans” earlier than being permitted to board his flight.

The transfer sparked fury amongst South Africans, with many taking to social media to criticize the airline, stating that South Africa has 11 official languages, and lots of nationals don’t converse Afrikaans.

‘Insane and discriminatory’

Ryanair has since launched a press release declaring that the test, made up of questions associated to South African common data, was issued as a response to the “high prevalence” of counterfeit South African passports.

“In order to minimize the risk of fake passport usage, Ryanair requires passengers on a South African passport to fill out a simple questionnaire in the Afrikaans language,” reads the assertion offered to CNN.

“If they are unable to complete this questionnaire, they will be refused travel and issued with a full refund instead.

“Airlines working to the UK face Home Office fines of £2,000 (round $2,515) per passenger for anybody who journey illegally to the UK on a fraudulent passport/visa.”

Afrikaans is the third most spoken language in South Africa after Zulu and Xhosa.

Ryanair does not operate direct flights to or from South Africa.

Top image credit: Adrian DennisAFP via Getty Images

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