Air Peace Airlines yesterday said it has blacklisted a passenger who flew into a rage and destroyed its check-in system at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport in Lagos.
Corporate Communications Manager of the airline, Mr. Chris Iwarah, in a statement, said the airline took the move to check the growing trend of attacks and violence by air travellers on airlines in the country.
The blacklisted passenger, it was learnt, destroyed the airline’s computer during the check-in formalities of its Lagos-Abuja flight on Tuesday. He reportedly claimed that the check-in process was too slow. He, however, didn’t mention the name of the passenger.
In a letter dated May 16, 2018 and addressed to the passenger, the airline described his conduct as “unacceptable.” Air Peace insisted that the passenger’s violent conduct constituted a safety risk to other members of the flying public and its staff.
Said Iwarah: “During the check-in formalities of our Lagos-Abuja Flight P47128 at the General Aviation Terminal of the Murtala Muhammed Airport, Ikeja, Lagos, on Tuesday, May 15, an impatient passenger standing in the queue suddenly flew into a rage and destroyed one of our computers.
The unruly passenger claimed he destroyed the check-in system because the process was too slow.
“We were, therefore, compelled by the need to guarantee the safety of members of the flying public and our staff to blacklist the passenger and to signal our resolve to henceforth penalise violent conduct towards our valued guests and staff as well as view unwarranted destruction of our facilities very seriously.