Air France Crew Forced to Ask Passengers for Fuel Money Amidst Syrian Conflicts.August 18, 2012 • By Cask J. Thomson
In what certainly seems to outline the current situations of the leaders who are trying to pull Syria apart, it has been reported that the crew of Air France Flight 562 was forced to beg commuters for money just to be safe that they could reach their destination by purchasing more fuel.
The plane – which had to stopover in Syria against original flight-plot – was to head from Paris to Beirut (Lebanon), however tensions near the Lebanese capital’s airport cause the flight to divert to Damascus (the capital of Syria) where the Syrian Civil War is progressing.
An Air France spokeswoman explained that the crew asked about passenger cash only as a “precautionary measure” because of the “very unusual circumstances.”
Sanctions against Syria complicated payment for extra fuel.
He said Air France found a way to pay for the fill-up without tapping customer pockets, and apologised for the inconvenience. He wouldn’t say how the airline paid, or how much.
One woman aboard said the passengers had rounded up 17,000 euros.
The Boeing 777, carrying 185 people, took off for an overnight stopover in Cyprus then landed safely in Beirut.
France, which at one time ruled Syria and Lebanon, supported European Union-wide economic sanctions on Syria — including its national airline, Syria Air.
Air France operated regular flights to Damascus until suspending them amid violence earlier this year.