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Travel / Re: Why Should Someone Sell Their Properties To Travel Abroad by panyam: 5:08pm
Ndipe:

Not advisable. Rather, use that money (for your ticket) in developing maximizing your investments. For instance, Land, which is very valuable. Given the opportunity to buy a plane ticket to study abroad, you can maximize those resources to buy a block of flats on the piece of property and let the money roll in from rent.

one boko haram bomb later, your block of flat becomes rubble and you will wish you had taken that flight! This country is finished. If you have the opportunity, get out!
Travel / Will You Still Travel By Air After The Recent Multiple Plane Crashes by tomiobj: 5:06pm
Most of us are aware that a Malaysian plane was missing earlier this year. And a nigerian air force plane crashed nt more than 10 days ago. And another Malaysian plane was shot down either by the Ukrainians or Russians (both denying shooting it down). Personally I think the Ukrainians shot it down by mistake confusing it with a Russian plane and maybe they don't know they shot if down but anyways back to the matter also last week two other planes crashed...air algerie and a plane in Taiwan. just so tragic . About 790 lives have been lost just to plane crashes this year. The following list compiles all the plane crashes this year (or in the past 6 months if you prefer)
1. Missing Malaysian plane in the pacific ocean/indian ocean/china ocean area
2. Another Malaysian plane shot down in Ukraine near the ukrain-russia border
3. A nigerian air force plane crashes somewhere in the north
4. The plane that crashes in taiwan
5. Air algerie missing in north africa due to bad weather


My point is that would you still travel by air due to the reoccurring air disasters. Because now I am confused if this is all just a coincidence or it is now a glitch in the global aviation industry
Travel / Re: Travelling To Canada Part 5 by mrnilobrawn(m): 11:58am
Amefrica: Abeg, my people. Shey I fit see 'standing' on top plane. Cuz the prices I been dey see fit give pesin HBP.. I fit manage sit on top engine too.

grin grin grin

you can also try ocean vessels...i think they are very cheap grin grin grin
Travel / Re: Travelling To Canada Part 5 by Amefrica(m): 11:47am
Abeg, my people. Shey I fit see 'standing' on top plane. Cuz the prices I been dey see fit give pesin HBP.. I fit manage sit on top engine too.

grin grin grin
Travel / Re: QATAR And UAE General Visa Enquiries by HAH: 9:24pm On Jul 24
Yungmilio2:
lol
i think people are scared of plane now adays
heading into ship bizness

Going to dubai in Ramadan and in summer is the woast idea one can have, you guys should be expecting us in winter I.e November to February
Travel / Re: QATAR And UAE General Visa Enquiries by Yungmilio2(m): 9:20pm On Jul 24
colossus2:

He played the role of a questionnaire and a respondent smiley
lol
i think people are scared of plane now adays
heading into ship bizness
Travel / The 10 Worst People To Sit Next To On A Plane by anonymous6(f): 7:41pm On Jul 24
1. The Crying Baby
The poor child? Poor you. Nothing you can do with this one but grimace and smile and hope that you’re only on a commuter flight. Otherwise it will be a long one. Learn from past times and bring earplugs. Parents can be proactive: Offer an apology and maybe buy a round for those in closest proximity, it’ll make everyone nicer. Cash works too. If you’re feeling extra nice, offer to help the parent with hoisting their bags into the overhead bin, or keeping their drink on your tray–a less-harried parent can mean a much calmer baby.

2. The Smelly Person
Hygiene is a personal issue. However when we’re sharing four feet of space it is no longer just your decision. It affects all of us and yes, we do know if you forgot to pack deodorant. Recycled air pumping down on us doesn’t help the situation. Pretend a plane is a date, and please bathe. You can also bring a travel bottle of Febreeze to discreetly spray at them at the first opportunity.

3. The Talker
Did you know that your seatmate’s grandchild just won the spelling bee in their hometown in Iowa? No? Don’t care? Too bad because that is what you will be hearing about on that 5-hour cross-country flight. With your luck you’re in the middle seat between two talkers who eventually get sick of your halfhearted replies and start talking to each other over you. Pretend you’re a celebrity with this one and throw on a cap, sunglasses, and big headphones. Or pretend you don’t speak English

4. The Sick Person
We’ve all been this person while traveling. You had a trip coming up and didn’t get enough rest (or maybe had one too many at happy hour) and now you’ve got a cold. Or the person behind you is apparently allergic to airplanes because they are sneezing into the back of your head every three minutes, and their parents didn’t teach them the golden rule of hand over mouth. Then there is the cougher, the sniffler, and the list goes on and on. People, if you’re sick on a plane, do us all a favor and pack throat lozenges and Kleenex within easy reach, and drug yourself with Nyquil prior to getting on board. A sleeping sick person is always better than an awake one. Take some zinc and multi-vitamins when traveling as plane rides are an easy place to get exposed to germs. Or practice holding your breat

5. The Head Rolling Around/Can’t Keep Still Deep Sleeper
You want to sleep on a plane? Cool, so do I. Unfortunately, it’s pretty difficult to do when you are snoring incredibly loud next to me, drooling, and mumbling about the zombie apocalypse as you plane dream. If your head even starts to lean towards my shoulder the flight attendant button will be pushed. My only advice for this one is to maybe Benadryl yourself so you guys can sleep together. Take turns using each other as a pillow

6. The Drunk Person
Leaning too close, talking loudly, and sweating out booze is some of the perks that come with sitting next to this one. That’s great that you wanted to use up every last second in the airport bar getting yourself hammered and then rolled onto the plane with the intention of seeing how many mini bottles of vodka you could put in your body, but please, please keep to your side of the armrest, or do us all a favor and pass out. Or maybe join this person on the road to sloppiness and tell whoever is picking you up from the airport to be ready to party!

7. People who Dress Inappropriately
Remember the days of yesteryear when a plane ride meant people wore their best clothes and dressed to impress? Neither do most of us. But according to Mad Men, this did at one time happen. These days cross your fingers that the man next to you isn’t wearing super short shorts, or the woman’s cleavage isn’t hanging out at every splash of turbulence (not everyone will agree with that last one though).

8. Biting Your Nails Person
Biting your nails, or smacking your gum, licking your lips, or some other weird personal tick you might have. This is not enjoyable for anyone but you. Please do it at home. Dirty looks are the best way to combat this annoyance.

9. The Pastrami Sandwich Carry-on
We all have the right to eat whatever we please. If you desire a smelly, onion-meat sandwich in your body please indulge, but do so in the terminal and not on the plane. When you’re sitting next to me and space out eating smelly food for the duration of the flight shoving the half eaten carcass in the seat pocket in between bites it is not enjoyable. For your digestion or me. For the sake of us all grab a granola bar. Bring some aromatherapy oils to sniff. They mix beautifully with stale cabin air and provide a slight relief from the pungent scent.

10. The Small Bladder Window Seater
You know who you are. If you need to use the restroom every 20 minutes maybe request an aisle seat and don’t buy the big gulp. Nobody wants to do the awkward plane seat shuffle more than once a flight. Someone will always trade you for that window seat. Promise.

http://petergreenberg.com/2013/04/03/the-10-worst-people-to-sit-next-to-on-a-plane/




http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjHupKWbE7k
Travel / Another Air Crash In Mali by tejpot(m): 3:40pm On Jul 24
Another day, another air disaster. This is beginning to get scary. An Air Algerie flight flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria with 116 people on board has dropped off radar. Swift Air, the operators of the aircraft, say they lost contact with the flight 50 minutes after it took off this morning from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It was supposed to have arrived at Algiers’ Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later but the plane has just disappeared. “We have lost contact with the plane. At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation.” Swiftair said. The plane, an MD-83, has 110 passengers on-board with 2 pilots and four crew members. Air Algerie is Algeria’s national airline. Update: The plane crashed in Niger… It’s been confirmed that the plane crashed near the capital of Niger, Niamey. Flight AH5017 was reported to be flying through an area affected by violent storms.
http://www.informationng.com/2014/07/not-again-algerian-plane-with-116-on-board-disappears-from-radar.html

Travel / AH5017: Missing Air Algerie Plane Crashed, Officials Confirm by Boss347(m): 2:44pm On Jul 24
The Air Algerie plane has crashed
Missing Air Algerie flight AH5017 has crashed, an Algerian aviation official has confirmed.

It is not clear where the plane came down, but unofficial sources have been speculating.

Air traffic tracking company Flightradar said in a tweet it crashed in Niger.

Air Algerie/Swiftair flight #AH5017 EC-LTV is now confirmed crashed in Niger. Still no info about passengers and crew

Meanwhile the French foreign minister said that the plane may have come down in northern Mali.

Issa Saly Maiga, head of Mali’s National Civil Aviation Agency, said that a search was under way for the missing flight.

He said: ‘We do not know if the plane is Malian territory. Aviation authorities are mobilised in all the countries concerned – Burkina Faso, Mali, Niger, Algeria and even Spain.’

Contact with the plane was lost shortly after it changed course due to bad weather.

Flight AH 5017 has 110 passengers and six crew – including 50 French citizens – on board and was travelling from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso to Algiers.
Travel / Not Again! Algerian Plane With 116 On Board Disappears From Radar by Adorayble(f): 2:06pm On Jul 24
Another day, another air disaster. This is beginning to get scary. An Air Algerie flight flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria with 116 people on board has dropped off radar.

Swift Air, the operators of the aircraft, say they lost contact with the flight 50 minutes after it took off this morning from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. It was supposed to have arrived at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later but the plane has just disappeared.
"We have lost contact with the plane. At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation." Swiftair said.
The plane, an MD-83, has 110 passengers on-board with 2 pilots and four crew members. Air Algerie is Algeria's national airline. Update: The plane crashed in Niger...continue for details...

It's been confirmed that the plane crashed near the capital of Niger, Niamey. Flight AH5017 was reported to be flying through an area affected by violent storms.
Travel / Re: BREAKING NEW! A Passenger Plane Flying From Burkina Faso To Algeria Is Missing. by justwise(m): 12:50pm On Jul 24
Travel / BREAKING NEW! A Passenger Plane Flying From Burkina Faso To Algeria Is Missing. by Lanceslot(m): 12:33pm On Jul 24
A passenger plane has
disappeared from radar while
flying from the West African
country of Burkina Faso.
The jet carrying 110
passengers and six crew was
travelling from Burkina
Faso's capital Ouagadougou
to the Algerian capital Algiers when it vanished around 50
minutes into the flight.
"In keeping with procedures,
Air Algerie has launched its
emergency plan," Algeria's
APS state news agency
quoted the airline as saying.
Flight AH5017 is owned by
Spanish private airline
Swiftair and operated by Air
Algerie.
Swiftair said the aircraft took
off from Burkina Faso at
1.17am local time and was
supposed to land in Algiers at
5.10am local time but never
reached its destination.
The McDonnell Douglas
MD-83 had been missing for
hours before news of its
disappearance was made
public.
Its flight path was not
immediately clear.
Ouagadougou is in a nearly
straight line south of Algiers,
separated by Mali where
unrest continues in the
north of the country.
Airlines had been warned not
to fly over Mali in recent
days.
However, a senior French
official said it is unlikely that
fighters in Mali could shoot
down a plane.
They are known to have
shoulder-fired weapons
which could not hit an
aircraft travelling at a
cruising altitude of some
33,000ft.
Sky's Alistair Bunkall said
there are reports in the
Algerian media that the
plane crashed after running
out of fuel.
But given the plane was 50
minutes - or about 300 miles
- into its journey that is
unlikely to be a cause, he
said.
Swiftair has a fleet of more
than 30 planes flying in
Europe, Africa and the
Middle East. Source. www.news.sky.com/story/1306685/passenger-jet-carrying-116-vanishes-from-radar
Travel / Re: Air Algérie Flight From Burkina Fasodisappears From Radar by justwise(m): 12:31pm On Jul 24
Travel / Air Algérie Flight From Burkina Fasodisappears From Radar by Donkunxex(m): 12:31pm On Jul 24
Flight AH5017 to Algiers, thought to be carrying 110
passengers and six crew, disappears in early hours of
Thursday morning.
An Air Algérie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers
disappeared from radar early on Thursday, the official
Algerian news agency said.
The owner of the plane said 110 passengers and six
crew were aboard.
Air navigation services lost track of the plane after
0155 GMT, or 50 minutes after takeoff, the agency said.
That means that Flight AH5017 had been missing for
hours before the news was made public.
"In keeping with procedures, Air Algérie has launched
its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as
saying.
The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou, the
capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to
Algiers was not immediately clear.
Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of
Algiers, passing over Mali, where unrest continues in
the north.
However, a senior French official said it was unlikely
that fighters in Mali had weaponry that could shoot
down a plane.
The official, said the fighters have shoulder-fired
weapons, which could not hit an aircraft at cruising
altitude.
source: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/24/air-algerie-ah5017-flight-burkina-faso-algiers-disappears-from-radar
Travel / Re: Algerian Airliner Missing On Sahara Route From Burkina Faso by justwise(m): 12:19pm On Jul 24
Travel / Plane Carrying Teen On Round-the-world Trip Goes Down Near American Samoa by nnamdibig(m): 12:19pm On Jul 24
A teenage boy from Indiana who was flying around the world with his father in a single-engine plane was killed when their plane crashed earlier today near American Samoa. The father is missing at sea.
Babar Suleman and his 17-year-old son, Haris, took off from American Samoa this morning. The US Coast Guard notified the family about the crash at sea this morning and said that it had found Haris Suleman's body and the plane's wreckage but had not located Babar Suleman.

The pair left on their around the world adventure June 19 from Greenwood, Indiana, to raise money for The Citizens Foundation, a nonprofit that builds schools in rural Pakistan, the Indianapolis Star reported. Their stops included England, Egypt and Pakistan. They had hoped to "break the record for the fastest circumnavigation around the world with the youngest pilot commanding a private, single engine airplane," the newspaper reported.
"We don’t really know what happened with the plane," Hiba Suleman, Haris' sister, said in a press conference today. She said the plane took off at 9:50 p.m. local time and at 10:15 p.m. the air traffic controller saw the lights of the plane go down about 23 miles off American Samoa.
Hiba Suleman said she talked to her brother Tuesday.
"He had asked me for dad’s credit card info, which apparently my dad wouldn’t give him. He wanted to book a hotel in Hawaii himself. He apparently didn’t like dad’s selection," she said with a chuckle.
She said her brother intended to take SATs and go to engineering school, following in her dad’s footsteps.



"Dad talked for years of going on this trip. We believed in it. We knew there was a risk," she said.
Their favorite stops were Pago Pago and Egypt, where they rode camels and saw pyramids. She said her brother was glad he got to spend so much time with dad, an idea "most people would run from."
Her father had been flying since 2007 and Haris had started learning last year, obtaining his flying license in June, she said. They were expected back home on Saturday.
Azher Kaan, a family friend, told reporters that he received an email from Babar this morning talking about how they were on their way back. "We were organizing welcome banners," he said. "We're still hopeful we will have Babar coming back."
He said the pair had raised over $500,000 "for building schools in impoverished neighborhoods, for children who had nothing."
The Coast Guard was searching for Babar Suleman late today.





http://news.yahoo.com/plane-carrying-teen-round-world-trip-goes-down-200451176--abc-news-topstories.html
Travel / Re: Algerian Airliner Missing On Sahara Route From Burkina Faso by justwise(m): 12:00pm On Jul 24
Travel / Re: Algerie Flight From Burkina Faso To Algiers Disappeared From Radar by justwise(m): 12:00pm On Jul 24
Travel / Algerie Flight From Burkina Faso To Algiers Disappeared From Radar by Updatesnaija: 11:58am On Jul 24
Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar

ALGIERS, Algeria (AP) — An Air Algerie flight from Burkina Faso to Algiers disappeared from radar early Thursday, the official Algerian news agency said.

Air navigation services lost track of the plane after 0155 GMT, or 50 minutes after takeoff, the agency said. That means that Flight AH5017 had been missing for hours before the news was made public.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," the agency quoted the airline as saying.

The flight path of the plane from Ouagadougou, the capital of the west African nation of Burkina Faso, to Algiers was not immediately clear.

Ougadougou is in a nearly straight line south of Algiers, passing over Mali where unrest continues in the north.
However, a senior French official said it was unlikely that fighters in Mali had weaponry that could shoot down a plane. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because she was not authorized to speak for attribution, said the fights have shoulder-fired weapons which could not hit an aircraft at cruising altitude.


http://www.updatesnaija.com.ng/algerie-flight-from-burkina-faso-to-algiers-disappeared-from-radar/
Travel / Algerian Airliner Missing On Sahara Route From Burkina Faso by Pzone: 11:57am On Jul 24
I just got this breaking news from my CNN android app. I've also read it on BBC!!! I hope it won't be like the missing malaysian airline plane that we haven't found till now. Lets hope the plane shows up somewhere and lands safely.
Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625
Travel / Re: Another Missing Plane - Air Algerie by justwise(m): 11:55am On Jul 24
Travel / Another Missing Plane - Air Algerie by QMark: 11:52am On Jul 24
Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers across the Sahara.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline said.

The passenger airliner was last seen at 0155 GMT, it added. It should have landed at 0510.

Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, Spanish airline Swiftair, which owns the plane, said.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," Air Algerie officials, quoted by APS news agency, said.

'Poor visibility'
The plane is operated by Air Algerie and chartered from Swiftair.

In a statement (in Spanish), Swiftair said that the aircraft was an MD83 and that they were unable to establish contact with the plane.

An Algerian official had previously told Reuters that the plane was an Airbus A320.

The plane took off at 0117 local time and was originally scheduled to land at 0510 local time, it added.

An unnamed Air Algerie company source, speaking to AFP news agency, said: "The plane was not far from the Algerian frontier when the crew was asked to make a detour because of poor visibility and to prevent the risk of collision with another aircraft on the Algiers-Bamako route."

"Contact was lost after the change of course."

Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week, AFP reported.

Algerian nationals were among those on board, Algerian newspaper El-Nahar reported.

Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625
Travel / Re: Another Missing Plane ? by justwise(m): 11:46am On Jul 24
Travel / Another Missing Plane ? by activatenigeria: 11:45am On Jul 24
Contact lost with Air Algerie plane flying over Africa
London (CNN) -- An Air Algerie flight, with 116 people on board, has dropped off the radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday.

Flight AH 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, at 1:17 a.m. Thursday local time (9:27 p.m. ET Wednesday)

It was supposed to have arrived at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport at 5:10 a.m. local time. (12:10 a.m. ET Thursday).

The plane is carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members.

"We have lost contact with the plane," said Swiftair, the Spanish operator of the plane.

"At this moment, emergency services and our staff are working on finding out more on this situation."
Travel / Not Again! Algerian Plane With 110 Passengers On Board Goes Missing by bongolistik: 11:42am On Jul 24
Algerian Flight AH 5017 is currently missing 50 minutes after take off from Burkina Faso and with 110 passengers on board....details emerging

The rate at which planes are currently falling and disappearing in the sky these days is alarming.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625
Travel / Re: Air Algeria Loses Contact With Plane Carrying 110 People by justwise(m): 11:39am On Jul 24
Travel / Re: Algeria Airliner Missing On Sahara Route From Burkina Faso by justwise(m): 11:39am On Jul 24
Travel / Air Algeria Loses Contact With Plane Carrying 110 People by championeh: 11:29am On Jul 24
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Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline is quoted by Algeria's state news agency as saying.

The passenger airliner, last seen at 0155 GMT, was bound for the Algerian capital Algiers, it added.

Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, officials said.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," Air Algerie officials, quoted by APS news agency, said.

The plane is chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair.

In a statement (in Spanish), Swiftair said that the aircraft was an MD83 and that they were unable to establish contact with the plane. The plane was originally scheduled to land at 0510 local time, it said.

Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week, AFP news agency reported.
Source : http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625

Travel / Algeria Airliner Missing On Sahara Route From Burkina Faso by ednut1: 11:18am On Jul 24
Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline is quoted by Algeria's state news agency as saying.

The passenger airliner, last seen at 0155 GMT, was bound for the Algerian capital Algiers, it added.

Flight AH 5017 had 110 passengers and six crew on board, officials said.

"In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan," Air Algerie officials, quoted by APS news agency, said.

The plane is chartered from Spanish airline Swiftair.

In a statement (in Spanish), Swiftair said that the aircraft was an MD83 and that they were unable to establish contact with the plane. The plane was originally scheduled to land at 0510 local time, it said.

Flight AH 5017 flies the Ouagadougou-Algiers route four times a week, AFP news agency reported.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-28460625
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Travel / Algeria 'loses Contact With Plane' From Burkina Faso!!! "Not Again" by moneybag100: 11:04am On Jul 24
Algeria's national airline, Air Algerie, says it has lost contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso.

Contact was lost about 50 minutes after take-off from Ouagadougou, the airline is quoted by Algeria's state news agency as saying.

The passenger airline was bound for Algiers, it added.

It is unclear how many passengers were aboard flight AH 5017, Reuters news agency reports.

http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-28460625
Travel / Re: Taiwan Plane Crash Kills 47 People And Injures 11 by texazzpete(m): 8:00am On Jul 24
freshness2020: What's happening !
Just between the space of one week, 3 different plane crashes!
The world really needs to go on their knees and ask For Mercy!

So you know this is tantamount to claiming that this is due to Divine punishment? Including the tens of innocent Children that died in the Malaysia Air disaster?

People like you bring shame to Christianity and provide ammunition for Atheists.
Travel / Re: 7 Annoying Things Nigerians Do On Airplanes by babymama3: 5:12am On Jul 24
Jollof: Like me, I bet you've all run around with your bathing towels wrapped above your shoulders like a cape and pretended to be Superman (and if you haven't then it's never too late!). Ever since I was a little brat I wanted to take to the skies. Air travel is the next best thing and I'm always looking forward to having a glass plastic cup of ice-cold apple juice which always tastes better at 10,000 feet. What could possibly disrupt this moment of long-awaited bliss? Cue the Nigerians... On my recent return trip from New York alone I encountered 7 annoying things Nigerians did on the plane:

1. Securing beds...in Economy Class! There's a game Nigerian passengers play whenever they're on-board a semi-full airplane - It's kind of similar to Musical Chairs...but without the music. Passengers snub the seats assigned to them and scout for a stretch of three to four empty seats before take-off. Handbags and other luggage items are strategically placed on empty seats in the hope for that Business Class experience - pathetic.

2. Making dramatic Nollywood scenes. Whoever said 'Rules are meant to be broken' must have been a Nigerian. We're pretty damn good at breaking rules...into smithereens, just for good measure. There was one woman sat at the front of economy class with her less-than-a-year-old baby. She put her baby down on the empty seat next to her when the seat belt light was off (not sure if that's proper in the first place but I'll let her off on that one). The moment the seat belt light was back on, however, one of the air hostesses called her to order and told her to strap her baby in place - RED ALERT! RED ALERT! MAY DAY! MAY DAY! You knew from the way the irritated mother turned her neck with that 'oh-no-you-didn't' expression all over her face that cabin pressure was under serious threat. Needless today she told the air hostess to mind her own business - ironically, that's what the air-hostess was trying to do in the first place...Safety of passengers...DUH! I can't remember if the thud I heard later on was due to turbulence or because the baby had rolled off the chair...

3. Taking pictures. You can imagine trying to enjoy a good book when suddenly the corner of your eye picks up the flash photography of some newbie whose obviously hell-bent on convincing everyone back in Nigeria that he/she indeed travel abroad. Newsflash! There may be people with photosensitive epilepsy on-board or nearby pilots wondering if there is a terrorist hijacking, with one unfortunate Nigerian who decided to break one simple rule 'DON'T MOVE!' (go figure!)

4. Farting. It's bad enough you left your assigned seat at the front and decided to come behind me and stretch yourself across four empty seats. Now you're so generous as to share your flatulence with me in small doses of ammonia-laced farts...not a one-off...periodic discharges which could catch choke me unawares if I dare yawn. FYI, avoid fizzy drinks on the plane if you know you can't handle your abdominal tract like few pros among us.

5. Drink to stupor. Is it the sheer pettiness of wanting to get one's money's worth that would make a passenger drink like a fish? (Remember, its Nigerians we're talking about here). Of course, it's not the drinking that bothers me but the mindless banter and laughter at completely 'unfunny' things that drives me up the Berlin wall (just like that - after a couple of drinks you'd be in stitches when you read 'drive me up the berlin wall').

6. Leaving toilets unlocked. Common sense consistently fails to prevail when most Nigerians use the airline's restrooms. It all boils down to refusing to acknowledge the instructions/directions carefully displayed all around them. It's quite simple - you enter the restroom and close it behind you. Right there on door is a slide lock which denotes 'Slide left to lock and right to open'. Why wouldn't I be interested in making sure that no one accidentally sees my 'bits'? Didn't they notice the green 'vacant' or the red 'occupied' sign before entering the lavatory? At my last count I've walked in on 3 unfortunate passengers who forgot to lock behind (but they all did once I exposed them...makes you wonder, eh?).

7. Sitting ovation. I'm not sure if you can relate but you're nearing your flight destination and as soon as the plane lands successfully passengers around you start to clap until virtually everyone joins in. Why are they doing this, you ask? beats me - for landing safely or for not crashing into the deep blue sea or for getting their money's worth after usurping the mini bar...I dunno. The clapping is cheesy in my opinion. I'd much prefer passengers go one by one to shake the pilot(s) for a job well done plane well-landed.

And coming in at a surprise number 8 is Irregular exercise. Make no mistake about it, Nigerians are terrified about premature death, more so than the average civilian (if that makes any sense). I've seen the most bizarre repetitions performed from kicking mid-air to punching only your left arm over the seat head in the same direction. Deep Vein thrombosis is no laughing matter so I guess all I have to do is close my eyes next time if I don't want to behold seemingly amateurish 'Kung-fu'.

See you on the next flight and God help you if you're sitting next to me, lol.

My thoughts exactly and someone beats me to it

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8.dragging for overhead compartments for their hand luggage and cussing each other out

9. Refusing to buckle up despite continuos announcements and seat buckle sign clearly up

10. Walking to the bathroom when they have been asked numerous times to sit their behind down

11. Taking over someone's window seat and doing open eye when asked to move

12. Screaming on the phone and Refusing to turn off their cell phones
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