Air Peace Releases Statement Regarding Trending Video
Nigeria's Air Peace has released an official statement regarding a trending video purporting that the airline arrested their customers. Please read the full statement below.
"We have noticed a certain video portraying AirPeace in a bad light on social media and it has become imperative that we clear the air and correct the impressions created.
The passengers in the video were supposed to be on a 19:20 Lagos-Abuja flight but consequent upon tenable unforeseen operational concerns, the flight was delayed. We put 46 of them on a flight that departed at 19:16, leaving behind 46 passengers. The delay was professionally communicated to the passengers and we apologised for the delay and inconveniences.
However, a certain male passenger, Paul Samuel, who suddenly became uncontrollably irate, assaulted our Boarding Officer. This was clearly unnecessary and despicable. We were about distributing refreshments in consonance with NCAA Regulations, but Paul's action disrupted the process and noise erupted from different quarters while he incited other passengers against the airline.
FAAN Security was notified as the passengers were now trying to gain entrance to the airfield even when the aircraft was not yet on ground. FAAN was compelled to lock the Boarding Gate to prevent the passengers from going to the ramp, a highly regulated part of the airport.
At 22:35, we called for boarding for the remaining 46 passengers. Due to his violent behaviour, Paul was arrested by FAAN Security. The action was taken in the best interest of the passengers and the airline. Also, the lady, Okoroafor Rita, who recorded the video being circulated, without the consent of those being recorded, was arrested by FAAN Security. FAAN Security repeatedly told her to stop recording but she did not. These arrests made some other passengers become unruly but with reinforcement from FAAN Security, the situation was managed, and the remaining passengers were able to board.
The arrests of Paul and Rita were done by FAAN Security in line with their standard procedures.
Again, we sincerely apologise for the inconveniences experienced by the passengers last night as a result of the flight delay as it was caused by unavoidable operational factors. AirPeace is committed to providing Nigerians safe and seamless connectivity across cities and will not deliberately delay flights."