Some examples of deportation which where done by the KLM:
On the 14th of October 1997 KLM flew a Liberian to the airport at Kano, in Nigeria where he was refused permission to enter the country. KLM then flew him back to Schiphol where he was placed in custody. He made a second application for refugee status that was turned down by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). A few days later KLM flew the Liberian refugee to Nigeria once more, this time to the Lagos airport. He was once again refused permission to enter the country. KLM flew him back to Schipol again, where the IND put him out on the streets as an illegal immigrant.
In April 1998 a Palestinian immigrant was deported on a KLM flight under the surveilence of three constabulary officers. The Palestinian was kept handcuffed for the whole journey. The original aim of the IND was to deport his wife and three children at the same time, but they had gone into hiding. In Beiruit, where he was handed over to the authorites there, his passport and other papers were found to be in order. He was questioned but released. Some days later he was arrested and imprisoned for some time.
On the 14th of May 1998 a Palestinian refugee was deported to Lebanon after having spent a month in a prison for refugees and illegal aliens. He was escorted by Dutch constabulary officers and turned over to the Lebanese authorities in Beiruit on the 15th of May. They arrested him and questioned him for three days. He was refused entry because his identity documents did not correspond to the information on the documents handed over by the IND. The Palestinian was then flown back to the Netherlands by KLM. Here he was once again locked up, this time for nearly eight months. Finally, in December 1998, he was deported by the IND, once again on a KLM aircraft.
In September 1998 an Ethiopean couple, a man and a pregnant woman, were to be deported on a KLM aircraft. The couple were brought from the Expulsion Centre Ter Apel to Schiphol. KLM was due to fly them to Nairobi and Kenyan Airlines would take them the rest of the way to Addis Ababa. Two customs officers escorted the couple. At Schiphol the couple attempted to stop the deportation from taking place by removing their clothes and screaming and shouting, the customs officers tried to keep them from doing this. The attention of the pilot was attracted and he demanded the couples travel documents from the customs officers. Because these documents did not appear to be in order the pilot had the refugees removed from the aircraft. Five days later the couple were due once again to be flown by KLM to Ethiopia, this deportation was also halted, this time due to intervention from lawyers and embassy officials.
At the end of 1993 the IND rented part of a boeing 747 from KLM at a cost of some hundred thousand gulders for the quick expulsion of a group of refugees from the "Border Prison". These refugees had been protesting against their lengthy detention in the centre.
In other countries airline staff and their unions have taken action with regard to their role in forced deportations. Air France personnel have carried out strikes because of their disapproval of Air france aircraft being chartered for the deportation of illegal aliens. After the death of Semira Adamu in Belgium, Belgian pilots have criticised the use of violence against deportees and have declared their unwillingness to take any part in forcible deportations.
In the Netherlands Martinair have complied with demands to take no part in group deportations that were made during an occupation of their head office by the Autonoom Centrum on the 4th of December 1996. After this occupation KLM was invited by the Autonoom Centrum to a meeting about their role in deportations. The airline claims to see deportations as part of 'economic reality'. KLM carries all those with a ticket. What happens to people after they have been deported or the question as to whether a deportation is carried out voluntarily or not is not seen by KLM as their responsibility. KLM is equally disinterested in the opinions of independant organisations such as Amnesty International about countries that refugees and illegal aliens are deported to.