Passengers on a United Kingdom flight to Stuttgart, Germany, were told mid-flight that they would be sleeping on cots at the airport when they arrived.
Travelers without a German passport on a EuroWings flight from London were originally supposed to have to take a coronavirus test upon arrival in Stuttgart. They would then go straight to a designated hotel to quarantine while they waited for their results, The Independent reported.
However, passengers were told mid-flight that, “passengers without a German passport need to be aware that there are no more hotel rooms available, all hotels reached maximum occupancy in Stuttgart,” according to audio obtained by Bild, a German publication, Business Insider reported. (RELATED: American Removes Mother, Child From Flight When 2-Year-Old Refuses Face Covering)
The pilot then went on to state, “German citizens continue to be able to enter the country without any limitations,” according to Business Insider.
A Stuttgart airport spokesman told reporters at The Independent that the passengers onboard the flight ultimately did not have to sleep on the cots.
“After the arrival of the last flight from LHR at 9.45pm yesterday, all passengers were guided to the airport test centre in small groups. After approximately two hours, the testing procedure for all passengers had been completed and all of them had been allowed to leave the airport. As far as we know, the authorities didn’t register any positive testing results,” he said according to The Independent.
Several European nations that have temporarily imposed travel bans on the United Kingdom after a new strain of the virus was detected in the country.
Germany has restricted all passenger flights to and from the United Kingdom from Dec. 20 until Dec. 31.