Aviation

Airline to pay customers up to $14,000 if they catch COVID-19 during flight

A Vietnamese airline is so confident its passengers will have a coronavirus-free flight that it is offering anyone who does catch the virus while flying up to $14,000 in compensation.

The promotion – if that’s what you can call it – is part of Vietjet’s ‘SKY COVID CARE’ insurance scheme, and covers all domestic flights between 23 March and 30 June 2020.

It’s free to any of the flying public regardless of age and nationality, with coverage ranging from 20,000,000 Vietnamese dong ($1,4078) to a maximum of 200,000,000 dong ($14,078).

In a statement announcing the scheme, Vietnamese carrier said: “With the insurance, passengers are eligible for insurance coverage and benefits from Vietjet within 30 days starting at 00:01 of the flight date, regardless of how passengers are infected with the disease.”

However, the airline stresses that anyone who has already been diagnosed with COVID-19 is ineligible and all other passengers must “comply with all regulations on disease prevention and control of Vietjet, the Ministry of Health and authorities”.

A further caveat, passengers with “epilepsy, mental illness or suicidal behaviours” are also not allowed to take part in the scheme.

At the time of writing, Vietnam had 153 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and no recorded deaths due to the virus, according to the country’s health ministry.

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