don’t be the first off the plane! another crazy lagos airport story

About a year ago I shared a story about a crazy experience a friend of a friend had at the airport in Lagos, Nigeria.  Here’s another one!  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.

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  1. [...] Fantastic: 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.  [...]

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  6. landolph said

    Good one! We have this story about Nigeria a lengthy write-up at youramericandollar.org yesterday, with a link back. Thanks for the laughs. The comment from the guy who didn’t buy it, “My Nigeria” or whatever, is off. That place IS a mess. I’ve got a couple friends from there who told me that you can’t send money in the mail, because the clerks open envelopes looking for stuff to steal.

  7. bankelele said

    thats one funny story.

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  10. humza said

    Nigeria has many remembering things for every one once visited this county.

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