Lesbian is made to pay fees after canceling flight to Brunei

Shannon, 26, and Jaqueline, 28, from Australia booked the flights with Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) last month through Flight Centre, but changed their minds after the country announced a Sharia law which requires death penalty for gay and lesbian people. Flight Centre agreed to waive the cancellation fees. The group informed the pair they still needed to pay a $300AUS ($213.42/€190.08) to Royal Brunei Airlines and Flight Center declined to cover them. ‘It’s not that we cant afford the cancellation fees. It’s just that it’s them putting a price on our life and that isn’t right,’ says one of the women, who feels like a second-class citizen because of it. A spokesperson for Flight Centre told the news site that they cannot waive the fees from RBA, which is controlled by the Brunei government and is under control of the sultan, who is responsible for the Sharia law implementation. The news comes as calls come to boycott properties owned by the billionaire ruler, Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. Among his portfolio of businesses is the Dorchester Collection. These are high-end hotels often populated by celebrities and the super-rich. They are often used for prestigious events too.