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South Africa ‘Taken Aback’ by Ryanair’s Afrikaans Quiz Policy

South Africa’s government said it’s “taken aback” by European low-cost airline Ryanair Holdings Plc’s decision to force an Afrikaans test on travelers to prevent the use of fraudulent passports.

The department of home affairs has a 24-hour center that airlines can contact and validate South African travel documents, a spokesman said in an emailed response to questions. Airlines also have access to a system which enables them to screen passengers before they depart.