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Travel advice for Nigeria


Sam Roggeveen


7 November 2008 09:12

I loved this story, found on Global Dashboard:

This morning, at the airport in Brussels, I was chatting with a retired Scottish aid worker. He told about his friend who got on a flight in Lagos to find it completely full…plus one. One person was standing in the aisle with no seat. The flight attendants went through and checked that everyone had a boarding pass, which they did. (Apparently someone had a forged pass; welcome to Lagos.) The staff then made an announcement that everyone was going to de-plane and that they were going to check everyone’s boarding pass carefully. 

As soon as the first person stepped off the plane, the staff slammed and locked the airplane door, despite the person’s cries and banging on the door. Problem solved.

That reminds me of a documentary I once saw about aviation in early 90s Russia, when the once-proud Soviet flag carrier Aeroflot was on its knees. A fault was found with a plane after passengers had already boarded, and the local ground crew insisted that the airline pay cash on the spot for the required spare part. So to raise the money, the cabin crew passed a hat around among the passengers!