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Security agents arrest Air Peace passengers for disruptive act onboard

Aviation security personnel of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) had on Monday arrested three Air Peace passengers, two men and a woman for disrupting a Lagos-Abuja flight for three hours.
A statement issued by the airline’s spokesman, Mr. Chris Iwarah said AVSEC personnel were called in after efforts to get the passengers to back down on their unruly conduct failed.
“We wish to confirm and set the record straight on the unruly and disruptive conduct of three passengers (two men and a lady) on our 18:30 Lagos-Abuja service on Monday, September 11, 2017.
“During the pre-departure safety briefing by our crew, the three passengers began to query the seating arrangement of the aircraft. Efforts by our crew to let the passengers understand that the seating arrangement was as approved by both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) were rebuffed.
“The pilot-in-command of the flight was later briefed by the crew to intervene. Again, the passengers refused to cooperate with the captain. They insisted on bringing our engineers on board to confirm the airworthiness of the aircraft.
“The passengers insisted that the aircraft was unsafe and would suffer the fate of one other domestic airline which aircraft crashed some years ago. The unruly passengers prevented our crew from continuing with the safety briefing. Understandably, other passengers on board the flight became apprehensive and insisted on the unruly passengers being taken off the flight.
“The pilot-in-command, therefore, had no choice than to request the unruly passengers to disembark. The passengers, however, refused to comply, leading to the captain of the flight calling for the intervention of FAAN security personnel. The passengers also refused to refrain from their disruptive conduct upon the intervention of FAAN security personnel.
“After about three hours delay, two of the disruptive passengers eventually agreed to disembark, while the lady among them was adamant. She only agreed to disembark upon other passengers’ intervention after delaying the flight for almost three hours in total.

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