FirstNation Airline slams NCAA over weak regulation on passengers on board

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
May 7th, 2014

A Nigerian domestic airline, FirstNation Airways, on Tuesday slammed the Nigeria Civil Aviation Agency (NCAA) of weak regulation over the unruly behaviour of an airline passenger on board.

The airline’s Public Relations Manager, Mr Luke Terver-Uzer, said in a statement issued in Ikeja on monday that the regulatory agency was weak in dealing with unruly passengers.

“Our regulation and law enforcement is weak when it comes to dealing with unruly passengers on board.

“An airline passenger, one Sadiaq Iliyasu, on seat 8D, became unruly after the aircraft had commenced taxing and at the threshold, claiming he had forgotten his phone.

“All efforts to prevail on him were abortive, hence in accordance with our operating procedure, the captain of the flight returned the aircraft back to ramp, to offload the passenger.

“The unruly passenger was then handed over to law enforcement at the airport.

“As a precaution, the aircraft was then searched, in line with our standard security procedure,” the statement said.

The statement is to clarify the incident of unruly passenger behaviour on board the airline’s flight number FRN 101 enroute Abuja to Lagos on May 6.

It stated that the regulatory authorities and law enforcement agencies should have enforced sanction against this type of unruly behaviour.

The statement said that the passenger did not have any checked-in bag and the flight thereafter operated to Lagos safely.

“This is not a bomb scare. However given the mood of the nation at this time, we appreciate the apprehension and over reaction.

“We want to reassure that FirstNation Airways will comply with industry best practices in all areas of its operations,” it added. (NAN)

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