In 2011 I reported an airline asking passengers to pay for the fuel before they would take them. Report here. So imagine my surprise when the Daily Mail reports that Air France did the exact same thing recently. (In the end the call for cash was not needed, I might add).
The flight was scheduled to travel to Beirut when fighting broke out near the airport and the pilot diverted. His first choice was Amman for the diversion, but had insufficient fuel. So he chose Damascus!
The incident appears to have been related to sanctions placed on the regime in Syria by the west, preventing the pilot from using his company credit card when his plane landed in Damascus.
It seems, from the article that the call for cash was not needed in the end, and the plane eventually left for Cyprus after a two hour wait.
Would you have given AF your cash?