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Passengers on 2 KLM flights from South Africa to Amsterdam were held on their planes for at least 4 hours after landing in Europe amid fears of the new COVID-19 variant

Passengers on 2 KLM flights from South Africa to Amsterdam were held on their planes for at least 4 hours after landing in Europe amid fears of the new COVID-19 variant
A KLM Royal Dutch Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.Nicolas Economou/NurPhoto/Getty


Two KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights from South Africa were held at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol due to new travel restrictions relating to the B.1.1.529 COVID-19 variant.




Passenger and Twitter user Paula Zimmerman has been live-posting her experience trying to enter the Netherlands.A 




One flight was deplaned and passengers were brought to the terminal on shuttle buses for testing.A 


European countries have wasted no time locking down their borders in response to the threat of new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.529, named the "Omicron" variant.A A Travel restrictions from the southern African countries where the variant has been detected are being implemented in countries like the UK and Netherlands, with travelers already being caught in the balance.A Two KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flights from South Africa to the Netherlands were temporarily barred from deplaning after touching down at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, the airline confirmed to Insider.A The 11-hour flights from Cape Town and Johannesburg departed early Friday morning and arrived in Amsterdam later that morning, data from FlightAware shows. Dutch travel restrictions for South Africa were implemented at 12:00 p.m. Amsterdam time, according to KLM's website, but the flights were still impacted.A 
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