The Murtala Mohammed international airport on Saturday night hit a new low as passengers were forced to board aircrafts in darkness due to a power outage
According to a Thisday report, the power outage at the airport occurred between 10pm and midnight, during which not fewer than three international flights – British Airways, Air France and South African Airways were boarding.
The departure lounge was pitch dark as airlines officials deployed gas-powered lanterns and battery-powered flashlights to check-in passengers and walk them through the boarding gates.
Passengers groped their ways through the boarding gates into the aircraft.
They discussed the security implications of conducting check-in and boarding processes in darkness in a country currently battling terrorism and at a time when aviation security should be a high priority.
“The place was full of heat and people were sweating. It was a disaster. Our international airport has reached a new low,” a passenger on one of the flights told THISDAY.
The cause of last night’s power outage at the airport could not be ascertained at the time of going to press.