Port Harcourt Airport
By Ernest Chinwo
A Lagos-bound Aero Aircraft was Friday delayed for hours when a haggard-looking passenger attempted to disembark from the plane at the take-off base.
The passenger's action created fear among co-passengers who believed he must have planted a bomb in the plane because of his insistence to leave the plane at all cost.
Trouble started when the suspect insisted he must disembark, damning all pleas by hostesses, a development which prompted the captain's immediate intervention.
The Captain, according to an official of the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), Mrs. Ebele Okay, resolved to call for arrest of the odd passenger.
THISDAY gathered that the captain also asked every passenger on board to disembark for a second round of screening as part of measures aimed at restoring the confidence of all passengers already booked for the 3.00 pm flight to Lagos.
The flight was initially billed for 12.00pm but was rescheduled to 3.00pm because of weather conditions.
However after the odd passenger had been arrested for interrogation, the remaining passengers refused to re-board the plane for fear that a bomb might have been planted there.
The passengers had briefly held a meeting at the International lounge of the Airport where they were initially moved, concluding on prevailing on the management of the Aero airline to produce a new plane for their flight to Lagos.
A combined team of FAAN officials, police airport security, the anti-bomb unit and the Aero Airline management moved to address the aggrieved crowd with assurances that proper screening had been conducted on every department of the plane and baggage of every passenger.