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British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are taking legal action against the UK government over its mandatory 14-day quarantines for new arrivals


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British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are taking legal action against the UK government over its mandatory 14-day quarantines for new arrivals

British Airways, easyJet, and Ryanair have joined forces are suing the UK government over its compulsory quarantine for new arrivals.The rule came into force on Monday and requires anyone arriving in the UK by plane to spend 14 days in quarantine.The trio told Business Insider they are seeking a judicial review to overturn the measure.The…

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair are taking legal action against the UK government over its mandatory 14-day quarantines for new arrivals
  • British Airways, easyJet, and Ryanair have joined forces are suing the UK government over its compulsory quarantine for new arrivals.
  • The rule came into force on Monday and requires anyone arriving in the UK by plane to spend 14 days in quarantine.
  • The trio told Business Insider they are seeking a judicial review to overturn the measure.
  • The “flawed” plan will have “a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs,” the airlines said.
  • The airlines say they will accept the old rule back, where quarantine was limited to passengers arriving from “high risk” countries.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair — three of the largest airlines in Europe — are together taking legal action against the UK government over its compulsory 14-day quarantine required for all new arrivals.

The airlines are seeking a judicial review which would overturn the rule, the trio told Business Insider in a joint statement Friday.

The airlines said the “government’s flawed quarantine” will have “a devastating effect on British tourism and the wider economy and destroy thousands of jobs.”

The legal basis for the complaint is based on the premise that the 14-day quarantine is “more stringent than the guidelines applied to people who actually have COVID-19,” the airlines said.

“There was no consultation and no scientific evidence provided for such a severe policy,” they said.

They added that they want the government to revert to the policy introduced on March 10, where “quarantine is limited to passengers from ‘high risk’ countries.”

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street to attend the weekly session of PMQs in Parliament in London, Wednesday, June 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing Street in London, on June 10, 2020.

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Last month, Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary called the 14-day quarantine “idiotic” and said it is “both unimplementable and unmanageable,” suggesting masks and temperature checks would do.

(Temperature checks are ineffective in catching coronavirus cases where patients don’t get a fever. About a quarter of coronavirus patients don’t develop fevers.)

The UK is one of the worst-hit countries in Europe, and some countries have taken steps of their own to minimize the risk of a second wave of infections from Britain.

On Wednesday, Slovakia excluded Britain from its EU travel corridor over concerns people from the UK were most likely to bring the virus.

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England fans in Porto. (Photo by Mike Egerton/PA Images via Getty Images)

England football fans on holiday in Porto, Portugal, in June 2019.

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The UK government has scrambled to find ways to keep the travel industry alive, including floating the idea of “air bridges” between the UK and select other countries. 

But easyJet, British Airways, and Ryanair said Friday they have “not yet seen any evidence on how and when proposed ‘air bridges’ between the UK and other countries will be implemented.”

Portugal has expressed willingness to welcome UK tourists this summer without a quarantine. Spain has not committed.

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