- A pilot on a flight to Germany from the UK told non-German passengers aboard Sunday’s flight they had to get off the plane before take off or face COVID-19 testing mandatory and quarantined after landing, according to audio released by BILD.
- The pilot initially said passengers would be quarantined at or near airport hotels, but in a later post he said passengers would stay at the airport due to a lack of space in hotels.
- “Passengers without a German passport should be aware that there are no more hotel rooms available, that all hotels have reached maximum occupancy in Stuttgart,” the pilot told passengers in the audio obtained by BILD , offering them the possibility of disembarking.
- A number of European countries, including Germany, have placed restrictions on travel with the UK due to a potentially more contagious new strain of COVID-19 detected there.
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Passengers on at least one Sunday flight from the UK to Germany were told by the plane’s pilot that they had to undergo a mandatory test and quarantine on landing at the Stuttgart airport if they chose to stay on the plane.
In audio obtained by German publication BILD, which is owned by Insider’s parent company Axel Springer SE, a pilot on a Eurowings flight from London Heathrow Airport to Stuttgart Airport in Germany briefed passengers new requirements.
“I am the captain of this flight,” the pilot said in a message broadcast in English via the aircraft’s intercom system, alerting passengers to an “important announcement” with little room for “discussion”.
The pilot continued, adding that all passengers with German passports would “go through the police station” as usual, but said those who did not carry German passports would be required to be tested for COVID- 19 immediately after landing in Germany before being taken to a hotel at or near Stuttgart Airport in quarantine until the test result is received
In a subsequent recording, translated from German to English by Business Insider, the Eurowings pilot informed passengers that the hotel space at and around the airport had reached capacity.
“German citizens continue to be able to enter the country without any limitations,” he said, noting that he received the update in the last minute. “Passengers without a German passport should be aware that there are no more hotel rooms available, all hotels have reached maximum occupancy in Stuttgart. ”
He told passengers that there would instead be a “designated and separate area in the airport with cots” to house the passengers pending the return of their test results.
A spokesperson for Stuttgart Airport told Business Insider on Sunday evening that the airport “will test passengers arriving from London” in “agreement with the authorities”.
Federal police representatives at Stuttgart Airport did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment on Sunday, and neither did Eurowings representatives.
In a video obtained by BILD and reviewed by Business Insider, a passenger from the UK arriving at Hanover Airport in Germany was seen providing personal information, such as his address, to a person fully dressed in EAR.
The audio recording comes in many European countries on Sunday, limiting travel with the UK following the discovery of a new, potentially more contagious strain of COVID-19 and an increase in cases. On Sunday afternoon, Germany banned flights from the UK after midnight.
German Health Minister Jens Spahn announced the travel restrictions on Sunday afternoon, adding that the government was planning to announce greater travel restrictions on Monday, according to DW.