Egypt will allow army personnel and policemen to use regular trains for free, according an official circular sent to railway stations on Monday.
According to the circular, army and police personnel can use the trains for free if they are wearing their uniforms or by using their identity cards or travel forms.
The decision comes days after a four-minute video went viral online showing two train conductors verbally abusing a conscript in military uniform for not producing a ticket, leading to a dispute.
In the video, one of the two conductors asks the conscript to take off his protective facemask so they can hear what he is saying, and reproached him for not having a ticket. The conductors asked the man to pay for a ticket, to which he responded that he had already paid for one.
The conscript then decided to get off the train, but a female passenger intervened and paid for his ticket.
The transportation ministry has imposed sanctions and fines on the conductors, including transferring them to work on freight trains, and a fine of EGP 4,000 ($247) each for not wearing masks in accordance with coronavirus preventive measures.
The Armed Forces issued a statement following the incident praising the transportation ministry’s decision, adding that the conductors “represented only themselves” with their actions.
The military statement also praised the woman who paid for the conscript’s ticket.
The woman, who has been lauded on social media, was honored alongside the conscript by the defense ministry in a ceremony on Sunday.