Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh denounces ‘dirty scam airline c***s’ for refusing to accept NHS covid passenger test results for failing to fly to Serbia
- He was furious when staff said they couldn’t accept a negative NHS Covid test
- He said they denied him boarding the flight to Belgrade, Serbia yesterday
- Shortly after the incident, the 62-year-old hit out at the Dutch company on Twitter
- He claimed he was denied NHS test result because ‘there is no money for them’
- He revealed to his 360,000 followers that he was now unable to attend an event in Serbia
Trainspotting author Irvine Welsh has branded KLM a ‘dirty airline scammer’ after they refused to let him on a flight.
The Scot was furious when staff told him they could not accept his negative NHS Covid test and denied him boarding a flight to Belgrade, Serbia yesterday.
The 62-year-old took to Twitter shortly after the incident, claiming he was denied the NHS test result because “there is no money for them.”
He revealed to his 360,000 followers that he was now unable to attend an event in Serbia, which is on the orange list.
The author, from Edinburgh, who lives in London, was also furious that festival organizers would have to refund tickets.
The Scot (pictured) was furious when staff told him they could not accept his negative NHS Covid test and denied him boarding a flight to Belgrade, Serbia yesterday
The 62-year-old took to Twitter to the Dutch company (file photo) shortly after the incident, claiming he was denied the NHS test result because ‘there is no money for them’
What are the rules to fly to Serbia?
Those wishing to fly to Serbia must have a negative PCR test 48 hours before arriving at the airport – unless they are exempt.
The government’s website states that passengers will be refused entry if they do not have one and cannot take one at the airport.
Serbian nationals and foreign nationals with temporary and permanent residence must have a negative PCR test 48 hours before arrival or spend 10 days in self-isolation at home when they arrive in the Balkan country.
Those who choose the latter option must report to a health center within a day of arrival.
The government website explains that passengers ‘must use a private testing provider for the test and not an NHS test’.
It details the specifications that the test must meet before it is used.
And it adds that flyers must take the test for three days before going to the airport.
Nevertheless, Welsh criticized KLM in a series of tweets.
He wrote: ‘Left the airport on the way to Belgrade because KLM won’t accept the NHS Covid test because there is no money for them.
“Dirty airline scammers. They all make this s*fest the dystopia where the lucrative con artists and the bureaucratic w*****s meet.’
When KLM asked for Welsh’s booking code to try and help, he replied: ‘You can’t help me now.
“Now there is no way I can attend the event which is sold out and for which the festival organizers have to refund tickets.
‘Save your regrets for them. Yeah, sorry I didn’t see Belgrade for the first time.
“But even more p****d that people looking forward to the event will be disappointed.
“But also that people who have to pay extra costs and hassle to travel to see families and take vacations.
“I’m starting to think that the layers of shit they already have and continue to impose on us really don’t have so much to do with them taking our health interests to heart.
He added: “Anyway, rant. I still love everyone and I’m going back to my bed.’
Responding to Welsh, the airline tweeted: “KLM accepts passengers who meet the government requirements of their transit or destination country.
‘It is up to the authorities of the respective countries to determine which rules apply.
These rules vary by country and include the validity of tickets, passports and visas, as well as any additional requirements regarding vaccinations, invitation letters and funds.
“These government requirements are listed in the IATA Travel Information Manual (TIM), and airlines must accept or deny passengers accordingly.
‘For comments on government requirements, please refer to the appropriate local authorities.’
Welsh replied, ‘Go to f***.’
Serbia is on the orange list, which means that visitors must take a test three days before departure.
Passengers are also required to sign a passenger locator form to track where they’ve been and where they’re going — whether they’ve been vaccinated or not.