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|Travel / Re: Between A Prison In Norway And A Slum In Nigeria. by oseiwe(m): 10:25am On Oct 31|
Don't deceive Nigerians to go and commit crime there, the next plane to Africa awaits! They have zero tolerance for crime and the rate is lowest in the world.
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Francutok: 8:43pm On Oct 30|
Its not only the dollars you should declare oh. Even the naira change. I had 300 naira and didn't declare it. Infact I forgot cos I didn't have any naira but at the airport I just took 500 from my husband to buy gum. Completely forgot I had 300. The officer at Atlanta asked me to convert it to dollars. Told him its about 2 dollars. Gave me a the look of u lied.
meanwhile someone asked ant connecting flights. They don't care about that. Infact if you mention it u'll get them infuriated. So you should ensure that you have at least 3hrs to your connecting flight.
came in a few weeks ago thru Atlanta.was the only pregnant woman in the plane. Used air France. Just before the flight landed, I asked for water, brushed my teeth, used my small towel with a liquid soap(type u get at the hotels) washed my face...generally just freshened up. So when the flight landed, I walked as fast as I could and was abt the first. Was asked the address of my destination and reason for my trip. Got stamped 6months. Got to the last exit point and was sent to secondary inspection. Met people there but I knw my connecting flight was about 2 hrs away so I calmed down. A guy was all frantic cos he had like a few mins to his connecting flight but the white there didn't even bulge intact he even chastised him and told him that he has a job to do. He was eventually left to go. Prayed another guy wld attend to me...a Chines looking guy but that mean elderly guy did. Asked a few questions including nija addy,hubby work place etc...then ransacked my luggage like he kept something there himself,I even wanted to get something that fell, the look he gave me while telling me not to touch anything in my bag was scary enough. Eventually gave me a form to fill again and left me to go.infact they ask u if u packed ur luggage including all hand luggages oh before they start searching.
all in all.....id say being turned back is very painful. I was ready to shout if they had attempted to cos I declared my intention very clearly at the embassy.
Drink loads of water in the plane...even days before. Ensure u are hydrated. Don't sit for long hours, Keep walking, squatting, stretching all thru the flight. Not sure I sat for more than 2hrs stretch in my almost 18hra trip. Didn't care if I disturbed the air hostess or other passengers. Kept walking from my seat to the back. Did it so many times all thru the flight from Lagos to Paris and then to Atlanta.
sorry for my plenty grammar but wanted to give back too.
|Travel / Re: Travelling To Canada Part 6 by tnuola(f): 10:48am On Oct 30|
Amen o *hug*
|Travel / Re: Travelling To Canada Part 6 by Joe980: 8:44am On Oct 30|
opsynusy:chai...why ain't you seeing us in the same plane to Canny?
|Travel / Re: Travelling To Canada Part 6 by opsynusy(f): 7:59am On Oct 30|
@tnuola..Yesso sis,its close and my heart is beating faster,I so see both of us in the same plane to canny
@joe...joe mi,trust I'm still in ur mind for prayers...thanks dear
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by GenoMI: 8:59pm On Oct 29|
They looked through your phone??
Is that even legal? That does NOT sound right at all o. What are they looking for and what gives them the right to do that? Goodness gracious.
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by jigga40(m): 7:40pm On Oct 29|
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Olhar: 7:28pm On Oct 29|
Houston no easy o....i came in thru that poe on monday n had a very stressful n annoying experience.....
All pregnant women in my plane was sent for secondary inspection...I was delayed for 3 hrs
The only reason they stressed me was cos I was pregnant n didn't declare at my interview but I already used the visa for vacation purpose n now birthing.........anyway what saved me was cos I sent change of plans to Lagos embassy n I printed it with copies of my email correspondence with the doc n the hospital.......
Pls make ur phone clear of anything that can implicate u.....cos they check ur phones.....even if it's passworded they will ask for the pin n make sure u re bold n smart....cos they twist question......they ask them in different ways
They are so mean......I was with my mum n little daughter but they didn't even care.......
My daughter was hungry n fussy but they didn't even care......
Above all na prayer my people.....cos they insisted on sending me back....n they stamped my mum n daughter in for 6 months but not me until I convinced them n insisted but I mailed the embassy.....we layer became friends n he was even the one advising me on how to go about documents n all....after delivery....n he said I should make sure I bring all my receipts on my next trip
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Web005: 12:33pm On Oct 29|
Hello everyone, want to share my POE experience which was Houston! Honestly post from here got me really scared of Houston but I had no choice because hubby n I wanted a direct flight so I decided to do the best thing. Cast everything into God's hand and let his will be done! Simple.
Left lagos Monday night, funny enough I was given priority as a preggie in our own MM airport!
Our flight got in 30mins early so we had to sit in the plane till 5:00am cos that is when immigration resumes. Fast forward to immigration desk......
Me: morning (gave her my passport)
Officer: May I know why you are here?
Me: to have my baby
Officer: which hospital are you using?
Me: west Houston medical center
Officer: what do u do in nigeria
Me: I answered
Officer: when was your last visit to USA?
Me: Christmas last year
Officer: how much do u have on u?
Officer: ok (took my thumbprints n picture and asked me to go for secondary inspection)
At secondary inspection........there were a lot of us from different countries though cos a lot of planes came in at that time, when it was my turn
Officer: hello, y are u here?
Me: to have my baby
Officer: do u have correspondence with your doc?
Me: yes, so I brought out my burden of proof file and gave him dr la's letter showing I had made full payment ahead, also gave him receipt from WHMC showing payment.
Then he saw d next document in my file had us embassy logo so he asked to see it,
I then explained I sent a mail to the embassy stating my intention.
Officer : ok that's fine, how much do you have on u?
Officer: can I go through the rest of d doc in ur file?
Me : sure! So he went through saw several email correspondence with dr la's office.
Officer: when did u get pregnant?
Me: told him, my guess was he wanted to check with when I applied for visa
Officer: ok lemme c ur cash, showed him then he stamped me in for 6 months,
Officer: please come along with all ur receipts the next time you come to us.
Me: ok thank you
Inside me I was dancing but they couldn't telllllllllll.
Next stop went to declare my food stuff, the officer I met just asked what I had inside, I replied Nigerian food items,
Officer: do I have egusi, ogbono, meat, suya?
Me: I Dnt have egusi meat or suya but I have ogbono and dry fish with pepper soup ingredient.
Officer: ok that's fine, she scanned the bag
I noticed the white couple in front of me, they opened their boxes to be checked after scanning so I asked, should I open the box,
Officer: Not necessary, you can go ma'am!
God is so so so so faithful
Meanwhile, I also had my indomine, Elubo, gari, groundnut, Maggi and dry pepper!
So my people "fear houston POE not" and commit all to God!
Sorry for the long epistle, had to share.
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by saxywale(m): 8:44am On Oct 29|
justwise:especially with turbulence and lightening on night flights. Some passengers would poo on their seats.
|Travel / Guy Deserves A Lifetime Of Free Flights For This Masterpiece Of A Letter. by kolykoldy: 8:17pm On Oct 28|
Do you like riddles? I do, that’s why I’m starting this letter with one. What weighs more than a Suzuki Swift, less than a Hummer and smells like the decaying anus of a deceased homeless man? No idea? How about, what measures food portions in kilograms and has the personal hygiene of a French prostitute? Still nothing? Right, one more try. What’s fat as f*ck, stinks like sh*t and should be forced to purchase two
seats on a Jetstar flight? That’s right, it’s the
man I sat next to under on my flight from
Perth to Sydney yesterday.
As I boarded the plane, I mentally high-fived
myself for paying the additional $25 for an
emergency seat. I was imagining all that extra
room, when I was suddenly distracted by what
appeared to be an infant hippopotamus located halfway down the aisle. As I got closer, I was relieved to see that it wasn’t a dangerous semi- aquatic African mammal, but a morbidly obese human being. However, this relief was short-
lived when I realised that my seat was located
somewhere underneath him. Soon after I managed to burrow into my seat, I caught what was to be the first of numerous
fetid whiffs of body odour. His scent possessed hints of blue cheese and Mumbai slum, with nuances of sweaty flesh and human faeces sprayed with cologne - Eau No. Considering I was visibly under duress, I found it strange that none of the cabin crew offered me another seat. To be fair, it’s entirely possible that none of them actually saw me. Perhaps this photo will jog their memories. Pinned to my seat by a fleshy boulder, I started preparing for a 127 Hours-like escape. Thankfully though, the beast moved slightly to his left, which allowed me to stand up, walk to the back of the plane and politely ask the cabin crew to be seated elsewhere. I didn’t catch the names of the three flight attendants, but for the purpose of this letter, I’ll call them: Chatty 1, Chatty 2 and Giggly (I’ve given them all the same surname - Couldnotgiveashit). After my request, Chatty 1 and Chatty 2 continued their conversation, presumably about how poo they are at their jobs, and Giggly, well, she just giggled. I then asked if I could sit in one of the six vacant seats at the back of the aircraft, to whichGiggly responded, “hehehe, they’re for crew only, hehehe“. I think Giggly may be suffering from some form of mental impairment.
I tried to relocate myself without the assistance of the Couldnotgiveashit triplets, but unfortunately everyone with a row to
themselves was now lying down. It was then I
realised that my fate was sealed. I made my
way back to Jabba the Hutt and spent the
remainder of the flight smothered in side-bosom and cellulite, taking shallow breaths to avoid noxious gas poisoning. Just before landing, I revisited the back of the plane to use the toilet. You could imagine my surprise when I saw both “crew only” rows occupied by non-crew members. I can only assume Giggly let them sit there after she forgot who she was and why she’s flying on a big, shiny metal thing in the sky.
Imagine going out for dinner and a movie, only to have your night ruined by a fat mess who eats half your meal then blocks 50% of the screen. Isn’t that exactly the same as having someone who can’t control their calorie intake occupying half your seat on a flight? Of course it is, so that’s why I’m demanding a full refund of my ticket, including the $25 for an emergency row seat.
I’m also looking to be compensated for the
physical pain and mental suffering caused by
being enveloped in human blubber for four
hours. My lower back is in agony and I had to
type this letter one-handed as I’m yet to regain full use of my left side. If I don’t recover completely, I’ll have to say goodbye to my lifelong dream of becoming Air Guitar World Champion. If that occurs, you will pay.
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Bifwoli: 11:39pm On Oct 27|
Naah,bad idea cuz I think many folks will still prefer the "Indecency plane" where you see everything in reality.
|Travel / Re: Windowless Plane Set To Take Off In The Near Future: Would You Fly On It? by justwise(m): 9:06pm On Oct 27|
|Travel / Windowless Plane Set To Take Off In The Near Future: Would You Fly On It? by rafcrown(m): 7:48pm On Oct 27|
Windowless plane Set To Take Off In The Near Future: Would You Fly On It?
The next generation of aeroplanes are on their way and they sound seriously space age
By Kim Hookem-Smith | Yahoo Lifestyle – 8 hours ago
Aeroplanes haven't changed much in the last few decades - but give it 10 years and flying is set to become at least 100 per cent more fun than today's sardine-can experience.
Forget squinting at terrible films on itty bitty screens and shielding yourself from the high power air-con with a scratchy hospital-esque blanket - the future of flying is seriously hi tech.No windows... but still a view (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
No windows... but still a view (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
The idea is to get rid of ALL THE WINDOWS on the plane. Digest that for a second. At first thought it doesn't sound too appealing - sitting in a tin can miles above the ground with no view out and no fluffy clouds bouncing by.
But instead of windows, boffins are working on replacing them with something even better - responsive screens that can show whatever you want - from the clouds outside the plane to interactive websites.
It's starting to sound more appealing, but the idea doesn't actually come from making flying more fun, it's (of course) a business reason. Slim screens would mean the plane could be much lighter - because the plane body wouldn't need to be reinforced to allow for window panes.Switch your environment into night time (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
Switch your environment into night time (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
The company behind the designs, The Centre For Process Innovation (the CPI), reckons it could help airlines save huge amounts of money by getting the weight of the planes down - to reduce fuel needs.
“We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft,” said Dr Jon Helliwell from the CPI.
“Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.”There should be more room inside the plane (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
There should be more room inside the plane (Tomasz Wyszo/mirski/ww.dabarti/CPI)
Once you've got over the weirdness of the idea of not being able to see any natural daylight for your entire five, 10 or 20 hour flight, this actually sounds like the best thing ever.
After all, the flying environment isn't a particularly natural experience as it is, with the recycled air and cartons of food that taste of cardboard. So why not embrace it and create a completely immersive flying experience that passengers can enjoy?
If you want to sleep you'll be able to switch your environment to night mode and if you want to see what's happening on the ground below, you can zoom in on particular landmarks and find out more about them.
The company also believes that getting rid of the windows and slimming down the fuselage will mean more room inside for passengers - which sounds alright to us!
Would you fancy a trip on the windowless plane? We are first in line.
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Exjoker(m): 6:52pm On Oct 27|
See Unclad plane o...it will take bravery and courage to board that plane o
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by fredoooooo: 5:30pm On Oct 27|
Me ... but with you by my side
how you dey?
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by adaobi123(f): 3:34pm On Oct 27|
Who is brave enough to step foot on this plane ?
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by lomomike(m): 2:49pm On Oct 27|
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Eyop(m): 1:28pm On Oct 27|
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by JayKayMaybachz(m): 1:25pm On Oct 27|
Eyop:Na fear co finish people for here..... If you no geh liver like anini no near am
plane sef dhey geh window and people still dey fear .... dis wan na die
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Eyop(m): 1:19pm On Oct 27|
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by JayKayMaybachz(m): 1:17pm On Oct 27|
Onyibo don dhey madt.... See as dhey plane näked.... Mehnnnn e fine shaaa ....
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Eyop(m): 1:16pm On Oct 27|
...then let them cover their eyes
|Travel / Re: The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by justwise(m): 1:14pm On Oct 27|
Bad idea, i'm not sure a lot of people will take to the sky in this sort of plane. The view may be incredible but it will be absolutely scaring for many as well
|Travel / The Windowless Plane Set For Take-off In A Decade by Eyop(m): 1:04pm On Oct 27|
Head in the clouds? UK developers are working on removing windows in planes to save weight and fuel, replacing them with smartscreen panels broadcasting the view.
It is a glimpse into the future that will inspire wonder in some people but perhaps strike terror into the heart of the nervous flyer: a windowless plane that nonetheless allows passengers to see what’s going on outside, as well as checking their email and surfing the net.
In a vision of what the next generation of commercial aircraft could look like in little more than a decade, windows would be replaced by full-length screens allowing constant views of the world outside. Passengers would be able to switch the view on and off according to their preference, identify prominent sights by tapping the screen or even just surf the internet.
The early-stage concept for the windowless plane, based on technology used in mobile phones and televisions, hails from the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI), an organisation with sites across north-east England that works with companies to develop new products. It imagines how large, hi-definition, ultra thin and lightweight displays could form the inside of the fuselage, displaying images of the exterior from cameras mounted on the plane’s exterior.
But the real ambition echoes a constant quest in the aviation industry: how to reduce weight, which would cut fuel consumption, thereby bringing down fares. According to the CPI, for every 1% reduction in the weight of an aircraft, there is a saving in fuel of 0.75%.
The idea came about after discussions about how printable electronics, in which the centre specialises, could be used. “We had been speaking to people in aerospace and we understood that there was this need to take weight out of aircraft,” said Dr Jon Helliwell of the CPI. By putting windows into a plane, the fuselage needed to be strengthened, he added, and by omitting them in favour of walls of screens on panels, the fuselage would be lighter.
“Follow the logical thought through. Let’s take all the windows out – that’s what they do in cargo aircraft – what are the passengers going to do? If you think about it, it’s only really the people that are sitting next to windows that will suffer.”
These futuristic plans would involve screen panels reflecting whatever view of the outside the passenger wanted, changing in accordance with the direction of their eyes.
The screens would be made using organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) – a combination of materials that give out their own light when activated by electricity. The problems with the technology involve price and their sensitivity to moisture, which means they are generally encased in inflexible glass, mostly in mobile phones and televisions. The key development, said Helliwell, would be flexible OLEDs, which would allow the creation of screens suitable for an aeroplane. Electronics company LG recently posted a video of an 18-inch (46cm) screen which bends and contorts while the images on screen are broadcast uninterrupted.
“What would be great would be to make devices based on OLEDs that are flexible. We can make transistors that are flexible but if we can make OLEDs that are flexible, that gives us a lot of potential in the market because we can print OLEDs on to packaging, we can create flexible displays,” he said.
The CPI is one of seven bodies under the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, an umbrella group which receives government funding to drive growth in manufacturing. Part of the way the CPI operates is to identify challenges in industry – such as the windowless plane – and develop ways to overcome them, according to Helliwell.
Using £35m worth of advanced equipment in its Sedgefield facility, the CPI says it working on technologies to advance flexible OLEDs and tackle problems of cost and durability.
This could lead to the development of the OLEDs and the windowless plane, but could also be used in “smart packaging” for medicines or food which would contain information that could be displayed on a mobile phone.
One of the first steps in developing OLEDs is a mask which helps treat eye disease among people with diabetes. The device from PolyPhotonix, which was developed at the CPI, aims to stop the breakdown of blood vessels during sleep as a result of the disease. Using the device, the eye is fooled into thinking that it is daytime, when there is not the same problem with blood vessel breakdown.
The concept for the plane, said Helliwell – letting passengers see outside while allowing a lighter fuselage – followed discussions with the aerospace industry. The idea of having the displays lining the inside of the plane could become reality in 10 years, after other “building blocks” in the development of OLED are completed, he added. “We are talking about it now because it matches the kind of development timelines that they have in the aerospace industry.
“So you could have a display next to a seat if you wanted it; you could have a blank area next to a seat if you wanted it; you would have complete flexibility as to where you put [the panel screens]. You could put screens on the back of the seats in the middle and link them to the same cameras.”
|Travel / Re: German Embassy And Visa by Junipero: 7:47pm On Oct 24|
LOL @ Under bridge and Eskimo gloves
No worry.. house no suppose be big problem for Frankfurt, our capital City of Hessen.
Pls make sure your google webpage translator is active (if u understand no shred of Deutsch)
|Travel / Re: German Embassy And Visa by nevilbot: 8:16am On Oct 24|
All those asking about TOEFL, the thing is u can't register it by ursef u most use an agent WO might stress u in d end like we av heard here. I don't know y u guys don't just register for ielts DAT u can register by ursef and get ur result wen u need it
As for emirates luggage of 30kg, I took Turkish and dey allowed 2 diff luggage's of 23kg each so if u do d maths DAT is more Dan emirates single luggage of 30kg and I still carry hand luggage join. And the advantage of Turkish over emirate is d distance of d second flight to Germany. The first flight from Lagos to Istanbul or Dubai is roughly d same but na d second leg u go which u av taken a shorter route cus u will b tired already. Turkish will b like 3 hrs to Germany while emirates will be anoda agonizing 7 hrs or dia about. I would av died if I took emirate cus 2hrs into my second flight I was already finding it difficult to breath in d plane. So my advice will b to take an airline with a shorter second flight to ur destination.
As per d cold, oh boy d tin Don wan kill me so Tay I Don go buy hand gloves Eskimo hoodie e.t.c even my jeans no thick reach. Guys don't waste money buying all does flat soles naija shoes called knock about, buy correct tennis with lace and ankle shoes with big soles cus d cold no b beans o.its 6 degrees today in Frankfurt if u know wat that means.
My main problem now is accommodation so if anyone has any link in Frankfurt that can assist me with that plz holla me asap cus I most leave wia I'm staying by 30 of dis month so if u no want make a naija broda sleep under bridge wen he has money in Deutsche bank plz help me.
All our dreams go become reality ooo
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Tvegas: 9:29am On Oct 23|
Hello guys just a quick update for anyone considering ticket cancellation or refunds,i have been codedly working on something.
I had initially bought Wife's Delta ticket on wakanow for 228k to Dallas to visit her friend and proceed to phoenix or elpaso for birthing. So after i bought mine for 95K i contacted wakanow to cancel madams ticket by then the houston flight has gone up to 104k but i went ahead to book and paid. Wakanow started story that they will deduct $200 and some "other charges". I replied their mail and insisted they open up on the "other charges". They kept stalling,they called madam that incase the ticket isnt refundable she can use it to book another one bla bla bla. This was a ticket that was formerly refundable, please note that some of their ticket are actually non-refundable,so know what you are choosing when you buy from them.
Madam called back,she gave them a piece of her mind and they promised to refund $173k in 3 weeks, they will deduct 54k so we saved about 70k on that. We have decided that if there is a less stressful flight to Houston why cant we explore that option instead of travelling across different cities with a new born baby? You also need to be informed that Bassinet seats are only available in the premium economy section of Delta, you may need to top up with $120 if you booked basic economy initially. Its better to always book bassinet ahead because if those sits are full the hostess cant upgrade you in the plane. Some mums have been complaining about bassinet on Delta, so if you plan ahead everything will be fine.
I called Dr fagbohun ' s office and a lady named crystal or kristi picked it, we had a long and fruitful discussion. Most of what damsel020 posted are the facts. Next is to check out accommodation and other hospital options in Houston,will keep those interested posted.
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by tenic09: 8:04am On Oct 23|
True True....send an invite...let's brings our belles
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by GenoMI: 7:47am On Oct 23|
@Tvegas As in ehn, I love my naija people too much
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by Tvegas: 7:44am On Oct 23|
Morning everyone, celebrating 200 pages already
@damsel020. ...congrats on your safe arrival and Weldone for giving the complete breakdown on Dr fagboun. When is the Nigerian owambe for the baby, send us invite make we con chop.
@Adebrave ......You are welcome. I am thrilled when I see people who prepare ahead. You've read through the thread already, by his grace everything will be smooth for you when you want to apply all you've learnt.
@ Genomi ......You've heard the current gist, next thing is to form no money for baby's ticket. When plane is ready to fly they will let us go. Naija no dey carry last..
|Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedure? by belfy: 11:16am On Oct 21|
LWKMD.......Wen I first saw it I that the plane will land at pakistan or Malaysia. ....but babe a na true ooo, the plane go enter obodo onyibo of America.so no shaking, book ur tickets infact anyone that has a visa now in the family should travel.dancing azontoa
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