The misuse of bank cards and Oyster travel cards has resulted in fines for thousands of passengers passing through London Stansted Airport. Approximately sixteen thousand people were fined in 2019. There are concerns that this number has increased dramatically because travel conditions have not changed in the last few years, according to the Daily Mail.

While traveling within London, bank cards and London Oyster travel cards are accepted; however, they cannot be used to get to Stansted Airport. Since these cards could be used to pay at Tottenham Hale and Liverpool Street stations, which are the starting points for trains to Stansted, many travelers learned about this when they arrived at the airport. Consequently, passengers were required to pay a fine of 100 pounds on top of the 21.4-pound ticket price.

Rail operator Greater Anglia has come under fire from London TravelWatch and Keith Prince, the Tory transport spokesman for London, for making money off of unreasonable travel restrictions. They further stated that contactless card payments to other London airports, such as Heathrow and Gatwick, can be made without issue, meaning that these issues are limited to passengers using Stansted. To gain a better understanding of the situation, Business Minister Kemi Badenoch announced that she would be contacting Greater Anglia and the Department for Transport.

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