August 16, 2022 | By Colin O. Jarrett |
Six Jamaicans, who were on connecting flights through Panama, have been denied boarding privileges.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Kamina Johnson-Smith says steps are being taken to get more information on the reason for this decision.
Mrs Johnson-Smith informed that her Ministry has been made aware that the nationals travelling to various destinations through Panama, were refused boarding on their connecting flights. According to her, the Jamaican honorary consul in Panama tried to assist, but the relevant airline was not forthcoming on the reasons for refusal.
She further informed that the Jamaicans were not landed and were required to remain at the airport until the next return flight to Jamaica which was on Sunday. The Minister is encouraging the affected Jamaicans to lodge formal complaints with the foreign affairs ministry.
Mrs Johnson-Smith noted that Jamaica will also make further enquiries of the Panamanian government on the issue as well as the alleged conditions in which the Jamaicans were placed at the airport.