The viral video was filmed on an 8pm flight from Sofia Airport in Bulgaria to London, UK. It shows Bulgarian passengers on the aircraft panicking about the presence of six British travellers onboard due to coronavirus. The six passengers are suspected of coming from a quarantined ski resort in Bansko, a ski and mountain resort located in the south-western part of Bulgaria.
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The Bulgarian passengers are worried about the threat of coronavirus and are demanding the British group leave the plane.
At the start of the clip, a British man can be seen suggesting that his group take up the last rows at the back of the plane to keep a safe distance from the rest of the passengers.
There are a number of spare seats visible on the aircraft.
However, one Bulgarian man rejects the proposal.
A woman wearing a mask also argues angrily with the British man, pointing out their lack of protection.
Cabin crew can be seen speaking to passengers as the Bulgarian fliers shout in their own language.
One of the fliers even suggests that Ryanair and Wizz Air need to organise a different plane for the six passengers.
A passenger says: “I understand that you want to go home, but the whole town is under quarantine and they put these people on this plane.”
Another states: “The captain needs to make a decision if the people should to stay on the plane.”
Indeed, the captain of the plane goes on to announce: “The final decision is we will depart without these passengers.”
Applause breaks out on the plane as the Bulgarians celebrate the departure of the Britons.
The man filming the video even shows a thumbs up to the camera.
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According to local media, the Bulgarian ski resort of Bansko has been placed on lockdown after a British tourist infected three Bulgarian nationals with coronavirus.
Earlier this week, a nine-year-old Brit reportedly tested positive for the virus while on a skiing holiday and the family was placed in quarantine.
It is unclear whether the ejected British passengers were associated with the family, but a number of passengers appeared to believe so.
There are currently 96 cases confirmed in Bulgaria. According to the latest Bulgaria travel advice from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) “all but essential travel to Bulgaria,” is advised against.
This follows “the Government of Bulgaria’s decision to declare a State of Emergency, introducing stringent measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19),” explained the FCO.
They added: “We recommend that British nationals who wish to leave the country make arrangements to do so as soon as possible.
“The Bulgarian government has introduced a number of measures in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
“These include a temporary travel ban for British nationals entering Bulgaria starting from midnight 17/18 March. This does not apply to British nationals with permanent or long-term residence in Bulgaria.“
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