A gesture with serious consequences. A young Belgian woman had a misadventure on a Belgian National Railway Company (SNCB) train in the face of Luxembourg customs officers. She was fined a large fine for “failure to wear a mask”. She decided to testify to the site The border workers. “I was on a train departing from Luxembourg at 5.22 p.m. I was coming back from my working day,” she explains, in a train that is obviously not very crowded. “We were seated every other seat,” says the young lady.

She then decides to nibble on a small biscuit “to avoid feeling unwell on the train”. She took the opportunity to take off her mask, but at that moment, Luxembourg customs officers who were checking passengers saw her and gave her a ticket for the amount of 300 euros for “failure to wear a mask”. “I told them of my astonishment because it is authorized to eat on Belgian trains, as long as it does not last too long”, she underlines, indignant.

A “disproportionate” or even “unfair” sanction

But the customs officers didn’t want to hear anything. Today, she disputes this sanction which seems to her “disproportionate” even “unfair”. “I did not know that it was strictly forbidden by Luxembourg to eat on trains,” she said to our colleagues.

Embarrassed by this situation, the young woman explains that if she had known in advance of this ban, she would never have hindered the law. “I have always respected Luxembourg laws and I pay my taxes in Luxembourg. I find it completely normal to enforce the laws. However, I find that fining myself 300 euros for a biscuit nibbled on a Belgian train not crowded, it’s just applying the law and forgetting what is called the spirit of the law,” she said. It remains to be seen whether Luxembourg customs officers are able to issue fines on an SNCB train.

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