Very few center seats were vacant on Norwegian’s departure DY540 on Friday afternoon from Oslo to Stavanger. Health Minister Bent Høie (Høyre) was on the plane.
“I spoke to other passengers who became uneasy because the rules were not followed. It was not good, because we have given some very clear advice to the airlines that we expect them to follow,” says Health Minister Bent Høie to NRK.
Norwegian apologizes and press officer Andreas Hjørnholm points out that this is a whole new issue, and that the company is working to find out what has happened.
“Many had booked a seat before the leader of the health authorities came. We must do the best we can. We can’t throw people off the plane that already has space,” he says.
Bent Høie says the case will have consequences.
“I am going to ask the Minister of Transport to call the airlines again and tell them that if they do not ensure that the advice is followed, they will be turned into law, which means that they are not allowed to fly without following the rules.”
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