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Travel / Re: Photos Of The Coffins Where 4 Nigerians To Be Killed In Indonesia Will Be Buried by abatically(m): 9:17am
OneNaira6:
So they already trialed them, found them guilty and ready for their execution before the trial.

Damn. Asians are ruthless. I still don't get why anyone would drug traffick to Asia. They hate Black people for God sake and didn't anyone tell them that most of the illegal drugs comes from Asian countries. They already got the damn thing in abundance amd selling it off to mob, gangs, etc so why traffic it to them as well. I swear I can never get the mindset of drug traffickers.

Anyway, RIP Raheem Agbaje Salami and the rest of them. Remember to call your family and warn yhem against drug trafficking. Let that be the good deed you've done in this world.

This is not a matter of hating black people. Trust me we Africans HATE ourselves more than Asians hate us. When we go to asia we scream they hate us, when we go to USA we scream they hate us, when we go to Europe we scream they hate us. In reality we are the ones that hate ourselves. Do u know how many Nigerians are in Asia , Europe and America committing all sorts of crimes all in the name of hustling? In all those countries, if u go to their prisons Nigerians dominate the foreigners.

Take a look at what is happening in south Africa, Africans killing themselves for no reason. Have u ever seen an Asian kill Africans like south Africans are killing Africans? Or have u ever seen an Asian loot an African shop just because he is a foreigner? Trust me those people are more tolerant than we are. Even here in Nigeria igbos hate Yoruba, hausas hate Igbo and vise versa. In the north they are killing themselves for no reason.

Here on Nairaland, it is tribal wars everywhere, u can hardly read 3 comments without reading something about tribalism. That is how much we hate ourselves, so u don't expect other countries to like us when we ourselves don't like ourselves. It is clearly written in Malaysia and Indonesia laws that penalty for drug trafficking is DEATH. Before u get done on the plane it is announced, at the airport it is written there boldly. So why would someone decide to break the laws in another country when he has been vigorously warned of the penalty. U can't blame the Asians, u can only blame the offenders.

If u go to a sharia country where u know the penalty for committing adultery is cutting off ur hands, and u still commit the offence, then u should be ready to pay the price when caught. If u can't hold urself, go to another country with tolerable laws. It is not a must that u take drugs to Malaysia or Indonesia since death penalty awaits u when u are caught.

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Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by Mordyb: 6:31pm On Apr 26
goofyone:
That's an interesting idea, breaking the plane up into modules and deploying chutes for each module. I actually think that sounds achievebale, only maybe it'll require redesigning the typical passenger plane. Perhaps breaking up the giant craft into coaches like you have on a train, after of course some work on the aerodynamics. If you can break up a Boeing 737, for example, into a number of modules and then have those deploy their own independent chutes after detaching them from the parent, you could actually make this idea work.

If you think the slowing down at high speed will cause fatal injuries to some of the passengers, then consider what ramming into the ground at the same speed will cause the same occupants. Automation in passenger airplanes has experienced incredible advances recently and it shouldn't take much to have these planes conduct diagnostics which will trigger the chute recovery systems even at high speed. There might be resulting injuries or fatalities, but there is much more greater chance of saving both plane parts and human lives.

And as for expense, I do agree. plane tickets will definitely become more expensive. If governments got involved however, cost could be greatly subsidized. After all, it's all in the effort to protect the lives of their citizens. If you ask me, I think sufficient engineering, political and scientific will could actually see this happening.


And just to note, I've got a strong feeling many of the world's future systems won't look so far away from what we see on present Batman and Avengers movies. grin
i doubt star war is very good case study some tech are already in existence but the concept back then is way of the mark i tell you
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by goofyone(m): 9:43am On Apr 26
bolajiboi:


I don't think this idea is possible. Av u ever think of this.
1. At what altitude will it b deploy.
2. In a B737 classic aircraft which av a capacity of 140-150 passengers do u know there is a presurisation system that regulate d airtificial air u breath in when d aircraft fly above minimum of 8000ft. Now if this chute shut is activated @ wah altitude will it b activate. Wount passenger suffer from hypoxia if its activated above 10000ft above sea level.
I actually don't think the altitude will be a problem for this kind of chute system. Though a planned emergency will be easier to control, an unplanned emergency can't go any awry so long as the plane doesn't explode in mid-air. All you need are altitude sensors that will automatically deploy the chutes once they sense that the plane has descended to the safe altitude where pressurization is no longer required.
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by justi4jesu: 8:44am On Apr 26
goofyone:
After recent flying experiences, I've been wondering why passenger planes don't have parachute systems? When I was younger, I used to consider handing out parachutes to each passenger on an airplane. They could then leap out of the planes and deploy these chutes in case of emergency. But then the flaw in this sort of thinking is quite obvious. There may not be enough time to file more than 287 persons to the door of the airplane and have them leap to "safety".

However, I don't get what's stopping airplane manufacturers from designing a giant chute to ferry the whole plane to a safe location? Wouldn't this really help to save lots of lives?


I just wish seriously cheesy cheesy
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by tdayof(m): 8:00am On Apr 26
bolajiboi:


I don't think this idea is possible. Av u ever think of this.
1. At what altitude will it b deploy.
2. In a B737 classic aircraft which av a capacity of 140-150 passengers do u know there is a presurisation system that regulate d airtificial air u breath in when d aircraft fly above minimum of 8000ft. Now if this chute shut is activated @ wah altitude will it b activate. Wount passenger suffer from hypoxia if its activated above 10000ft above sea level.

back to d OP question.
Commercial airplane do not come wif parachute and that is why u av cabin crew onboard incharge of ur safety and security then comfort.
There two type of emergency, we av d planned and unplanned.
In a planened d pilot in command has minimum of 5min to land d aircraft which give d cabin crew to prepare d cabin for an emergency evaquation wen d aircraft comes to a complete stop.
Buh in an unplanned emergency this is d type of an emergency that happen mostly after take off or b4 landing whe only thing u hear is d captain call out which is Brace Brace.
If every passengers has a parachute and there is an emergency and it is activated hw will d rescue team locate every passengers.
its possible... What you need to do is to upgrade the plane system in order to be able to get the technology you are looking for.
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by LewsTherin: 9:50pm On Apr 25
tdayof:
it actually depends on the current feet and rate in which the passenger plane is descending... its possible for 100+ passengers to be brought to safety before the plane crashes......


and moreover the parachute is to reduce the casualty rate. its better if 50passangers are able to chute down safely than having all dead.

Which set of 50 would you rather be in? And who determmines who is in which set? A safety system that doesn't have a good chance of saving EVERYBODY is no safety system. At anyrate, aircraft are designed to be as safe as possible. The fact that every crash is well reported shows how few mishaps there actually are. You have a much greater chance of dying in a lightning storm than in an air disaster and if you live in Lagos, you know it's raining a lot right now grin

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Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by tdayof(m): 9:39pm On Apr 25
LewsTherin:
The problem is getting the passangers off the plane to use a chute. You see how violent and fast fighter pilots are ejected off their planes. For large bomber aircrafts, there is a man-hole the crew can slide down from the cockpit to exit the aircraft. These are aircraft with just crews of 5 max.

In a commercial aircraft with crew and passengers in excess of 200, how do you get everyone off in a quick and orderly fashion especially as none of the passengers will be trained in using chutes?
it actually depends on the current feet and rate in which the passenger plane is descending... its possible for 100+ passengers to be brought to safety before the plane crashes......


and moreover the parachute is to reduce the casualty rate. its better if 50passangers are able to chute down safely than having all dead.
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by LewsTherin: 7:46pm On Apr 25
The problem is getting the passangers off the plane to use a chute. You see how violent and fast fighter pilots are ejected off their planes. For large bomber aircrafts, there is a man-hole the crew can slide down from the cockpit to exit the aircraft. These are aircraft with just crews of 5 max.

In a commercial aircraft with crew and passengers in excess of 200, how do you get everyone off in a quick and orderly fashion especially as none of the passengers will be trained in using chutes?
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by goofyone(m): 5:47pm On Apr 25
That's an interesting idea, breaking the plane up into modules and deploying chutes for each module. I actually think that sounds achievebale, only maybe it'll require redesigning the typical passenger plane. Perhaps breaking up the giant craft into coaches like you have on a train, after of course some work on the aerodynamics. If you can break up a Boeing 737, for example, into a number of modules and then have those deploy their own independent chutes after detaching them from the parent, you could actually make this idea work.

If you think the slowing down at high speed will cause fatal injuries to some of the passengers, then consider what ramming into the ground at the same speed will cause the same occupants. Automation in passenger airplanes has experienced incredible advances recently and it shouldn't take much to have these planes conduct diagnostics which will trigger the chute recovery systems even at high speed. There might be resulting injuries or fatalities, but there is much more greater chance of saving both plane parts and human lives.

And as for expense, I do agree. plane tickets will definitely become more expensive. If governments got involved however, cost could be greatly subsidized. After all, it's all in the effort to protect the lives of their citizens. If you ask me, I think sufficient engineering, political and scientific will could actually see this happening.

LewsTherin:
(though it seems to me someone is enjoying his Batman movies a little tooo much grin)
And just to note, I've got a strong feeling many of the world's future systems won't look so far away from what we see on present Batman and Avengers movies. grin
Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by LewsTherin: 4:39pm On Apr 25
Jettisoning parts to reduce weight is not a bad idea (though it seems to me someone is enjoying his Batman movies a little tooo much grin)

It's not so much a scientific problem as an engineering one. Weight of chutes aside, there is still the problem of Size of chute. Those things have a heck of a large surface area. Storing them on the body of the aircraft without making the plane look like Fat Albert in a winter jacket will be a trick. Then there is the structural strength of the rest of the fuselage where the chutes will be attached to. Then there is the problem of slowing down an 800km/hr vehicle sufficiently and slowly enough to not break the necks of all inside from whiplash (That's why Quicksilver held Magneto's head before speeding him out of that cell in Days of Future Past). There are more problems than I can see (not being an experienced parachutist)

Maybe modular construction of aircraft can help some of these problems. So instead of 1 parachute for the whole aircraft, the plane detaches into smaller modules each with its own chute system. That can reduce weight and surface area.

This is the crew capsule for an F111 Ardvark. Being a 2 person aircraft when the pilots need to eject, the entire capsule is ejected and the parachutes deploy for the capsule. Same thing for the Apache attack 'copter. I guess something like that can be worked out for commercial jets. But the expense! Oh the expense! !

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Travel / Re: Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by goofyone(m): 3:22pm On Apr 25
LewsTherin:
One of the major challanges to flight is weigjt.ht. have you seen the size comparisons of the chute system for a returning space capsule? Now imagine the size of the chute system needed for a 747 or A380. With such a huge chute surface area that will be required to bring down a commercial airliner, you can imagine how much the chutes will weigh. It becomes impractical.

Note that bringing an aircraft down from the skies is different from slowing a vehicle down. The vehicle is moving in only one direction. An aircraft will be moving foward and falling at the same time.

I am being simplistic here. There is a whole host of other issues involved. Minus the economics of it, the engineering is basically impossible.
Good point.

I understand your argument about the weight, but I really don't agree that it is impossible. Instead I think it's about whether there is any scientific will to have it done.

If you had the chute system built into the fuselage of the plane or you had the plane automatically jettison some of its weight (fuel, cargo, engines maybe, etc) before deploying the chute, don't you think that may work? And however big the chute is going to be, I don't think the sky will be too big to take it. Anyways, just looking at ways this could exists. But I believe in its possibility.

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Travel / Why Don't Airplanes Have Parachute Systems? by goofyone(m): 1:51pm On Apr 25
After recent flying experiences, I've been wondering why passenger planes don't have parachute systems? When I was younger, I used to consider handing out parachutes to each passenger on an airplane. They could then leap out of the planes and deploy these chutes in case of emergency. But then the flaw in this sort of thinking is quite obvious. There may not be enough time to file more than 287 persons to the door of the airplane and have them leap to "safety".

However, I don't get what's stopping airplane manufacturers from designing a giant chute to ferry the whole plane to a safe location? Wouldn't this really help to save lots of lives?
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by Marylandmama: 12:06pm On Apr 24
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bambini:




Phema pls must one have transit visa before flying BA?


No, you don't need a transit visa if you are flying BA as long as you don't intend to enter the city. Once u disembark from the plane you ll see purple coloured signpost for pple with connecting flights wch ll led you to terminal 5 where BA uses.

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Travel / Re: South Africa Shuts Lagos Consulate by justwise(m): 10:20am On Apr 24
lolly2pops:


Infact I landed in your disorganised Muhammed Murtala airport. As the plane descended it got very clear to me how bad things are on the ground. Not even that was enough to prepare me for what I later saw. But again, the people are so warm to foreigners unlike some of my SA brothers and sisters.

I used the same airport last month..yes things are bad, Nigerians complain about it, we know our problems, we solve our problem, we don't need or rely on whites to develop, feed and rule us like SA do. There is a huge difference here.

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Travel / Re: South Africa Shuts Lagos Consulate by lolly2pops: 9:50am On Apr 24
justwise:


You visited a village in Nigeria going by your posts. There is no different between South African and Zim .just a name, I have visited both countries, lived and studied in Zimbawe, so I know.

Infact I landed in your disorganised Muhammed Murtala airport. As the plane descended it got very clear to me how bad things are on the ground. Not even that was enough to prepare me for what I later saw. But again, the people are so warm to foreigners unlike some of my SA brothers and sisters.
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by chidaroy(f): 12:53am On Apr 24
Welcome
woaini:
So the eagle has landed.
Got to dallas today with lufthansa.
The flight was really good the service was top notch with lots to eat and drink. The flight from abuja was kinda empty though (I wonder why).

Straight to the matter.
As we landed in dallas I said a word of prayer stepped out and continued to call on God. I walked I did not feel I needed a wheelchair having sat on a plane for so long. It got to my turn and my conversation with d cbp guy went thus
Him: hi
Me: hello
Him: so where to and what brings you
Me:told him, to spend my maternity leave and give birth
Him: when last where you here, was it to give birth
Me: last year vacation
Him: have you made contact with a doctor
Me: yes and hands him burden of proof (notification of intent letter, hospital correspondence, doctors correspondence, maternity leave letter from my job) arranged in that order. It was intentional
He read them all then asked how much my care would cost and how much I had. I told him about 6k then I had 5002usd cos of exchange rate then my cards
He asked where I work, I told him. He stamped me in 6months. All this took like 3minutes. I was jumping for joy

To be continued........

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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by Newmum15: 4:00am On Apr 23
woaini:
So the eagle has landed.
Got to dallas today with lufthansa.
The flight was really good the service was top notch with lots to eat and drink. The flight from abuja was kinda empty though (I wonder why).

Straight to the matter.
As we landed in dallas I said a word of prayer stepped out and continued to call on God. I walked I did not feel I needed a wheelchair having sat on a plane for so long. It got to my turn and my conversation with d cbp guy went thus
Him: hi
Me: hello
Him: so where to and what brings you
Me:told him, to spend my maternity leave and give birth
Him: when last where you here, was it to give birth
Me: last year vacation
Him: have you made contact with a doctor
Me: yes and hands him burden of proof (notification of intent letter, hospital correspondence, doctors correspondence, maternity leave letter from my job) arranged in that order. It was intentional
He read them all then asked how much my care would cost and how much I had. I told him about 6k then I had 5002usd cos of exchange rate then my cards
He asked where I work, I told him. He stamped me in 6months. All this took like 3minutes. I was jumping for joy

To be continued........
Wow,congrats on your successful Poe.Did you mean 500 dollars or 5000?The rise in dollar rates is really giving one concern about changing money truly.Wish you all the best in all you have left to do.

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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by woaini(f): 3:22am On Apr 23
So the eagle has landed.
Got to dallas today with lufthansa.
The flight was really good the service was top notch with lots to eat and drink. The flight from abuja was kinda empty though (I wonder why).

Straight to the matter.
As we landed in dallas I said a word of prayer stepped out and continued to call on God. I walked I did not feel I needed a wheelchair having sat on a plane for so long. It got to my turn and my conversation with d cbp guy went thus
Him: hi
Me: hello
Him: so where to and what brings you
Me:told him, to spend my maternity leave and give birth
Him: when last where you here, was it to give birth
Me: last year vacation
Him: have you made contact with a doctor
Me: yes and hands him burden of proof (notification of intent letter, hospital correspondence, doctors correspondence, maternity leave letter from my job) arranged in that order. It was intentional
He read them all then asked how much my care would cost and how much I had. I told him about 6k then I had 5002usd cos of exchange rate then my cards
He asked where I work, I told him. He stamped me in 6months. All this took like 3minutes. I was jumping for joy

To be continued........

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Travel / Re: QATAR And UAE General Visa Enquiries by MarieEyre: 4:56pm On Apr 22
That's why I say you guys should go through Enugu or Abuja International Airports next time you are going to Dubai. Although I went through MM1 when I travelled to Dubai 2weeks ago. They tried to use the age thing to stop me from travelling. Luckily for me, I had everything they asked for; Hotel reservation, visa, i showed them my company ID card, nobody asked for a BTA (didn't even know what that was until you guys mentioned it). I still settled them 2k naira. I was eventually let to board. Got to the plane 15 minutes to take off *smh* When I got to Dubai, I went through immigration and the airport generally in less than 7 minutes. They only ask for your visa and stamp your passport, that's all. Truth is we have a very very very long way to go in this Country. I guess I just got lucky with Immigration. I was advised next time to go through Abuja or Enugu as you don't get harassed as they do here in Lagos even with a virgin passport. May God help us in this Country.

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Travel / Re: Usa Visit Visa by FemiFaniKayode: 9:41am On Apr 22
Mikwus:
I have a return ticket for sale.(USA)

It will expire 31st May 2015.

Interested? send me a mail.
u wan sell Intl
airline ticket? na lag bus ticket u think say e be?
i no sure say you done enter plane befor
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by Popri(f): 8:01am On Apr 22
nefertitiram:
My people, my people,
Broadcasting live from Chicago. Omo! This is my first time of using Chicago POE, gangsta moves o!
Chicago people have no chill, and I finally know the reason why. They don't receive a lot of visitors with visas, so they have all the time in the world to spend with you. Most passengers are green card holders or have US passport.

So I flew KLM, from Lagos, it's like the entire Lagos was travelling that day. I'm 21 weeks and have been feeling like I have super duper energy.Mehn! The energy dropped from Lagos immigration. I didn't look preg, being plus sized, but was fagged by the time we boarded.
When KLM brought their tiny food, I had to confess to the air hostesses, at least to survive the 7 hours flight.
Stop over in amsterdam was 7hrs, I found one location and grabbed a good night sleep and enjoyed free wifi during the remaining time.
Flight from Amsterdam to chicago wasn't full, they ended up merging flights with delta but as a sharp babe, I had strategize that as soon as the seatbelt lights went off, I will make a mad dash for the empty rows at d back of the plane.
Also told to flight attendant my situation, the guy made sure I had a constant supply of food wink correct guy!

Flight was very bumpy, at a point, I remembered how Jesus slept when there was turbulence and by faith slept through it too. On approaching Chicago, hummnn, the winds were not friendly to the plane. I switched into full scale prayers!

Ok, time for POE, I had zeroed my mind dat Chicago was fire for fire, but had no idea they had correct skoin skoin.

I saw only myself walking to the visa holders section. I had selected a friendly looking guy to approach when an officer directed me to someone else. My heart cut small sha.
Come and see interview! Of all my trips to US, I have never had this sort of interview, I even thank God for giving me patience.

CBP: Hello ma'am
Me: Hello sir, how you doing?
CBP: where are you coming from?
Me: Lagos Nigeria
CBP: have you visited other West African countries?
Me: No, not at all.
CBP: so do you have kids, are you pregnant, are you expecting
Me: (silence). I did not expect this question o! I thought cos I wasn't showing, I was gonna scale through without a pregnancy conversation.
CBP asks again: Do you have kids.
Me: er... I had kids last year, but they died at birth
CBP: oh my God, this is so sad! I can imagine how you felt. What happened?
Me: It's a long story
CBP: don't worry you gonna have more kids. (He now checks my visa and sees that its about to expire) Oh, your visa is going to expire. How long do you want to stay here.
Me: A couple of weeks
CBP: what are you going to be busy? I see you are going to Los Angeles...
Me: (catching the humor) Grand Canyon
CBP: Hollywood
Me: Las Vegas
CBP: ohhh, you want to get yourself some Las Vegas
Me: smiling stupidly
CBP: ok, your visa is going to expire soon, but don't worry, (he stamps me in till october). So do you have food? Fruits, vegetables?
Me: I have herbs and spices, it's all dried and milled
CBP: You have any gifts?
Me: I have African hair extensions, it's the best I can do to give to family and friends.
CBP: How much do you have on you?
Me: $225
CBP: How do you expect to move around these places with $225?
Me: I have my cards, there was no way I was going to buy dollars in Nigeria, the exchange rate is crazy, I'd rather swipe my cards. (I actually bought the $200 for N218 per dollar at the airport! Haba!)
CBP: ok, here's your passport, enjoy your stay. (I couldn't wait to get out of there b4 he remembers I didn't answer his question)

On getting to customs, told dem I have food. They send me for secondary inspection, after scanning my bags, the officer goes, "there's no food in here". I'm like ok, my bad! And packs my load out of there. They were more preoccupied with one naija woman that brought in fresh vegetables without declaring.

That's my POE story o! In addition to favour, because I see God's favor here o, on how the guy stamped me in for 6mths with an about to expire passport. And I think he passed on the preg assumption because I wasn't showing and I am coming on an about to expire visa.
If you really need to avoid Chicago, abeg, try! I am still a fan of JFK POE in NY, due to their high influx of tourists and straightforward with no unnecessary questioning. Even after the 25 mins ordeal, there was no visa holder waiting for their turn.
So, here I am o! Will start my search for a hospital to use when I have recovered from Jetlag.

Wow...congratulations on your successful entry..surprised at your answers though cos of how well informed u are, anywaiz, no hard and fast rule, at least this one favoured you so we give God thanks
Thank you for all your previous detailed info on this thread, you are so resourceful o
Pls rest well, and keep us posted on hospitals. Enjoy your stay

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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by nefertitiram: 2:27am On Apr 22
My people, my people,
Broadcasting live from Chicago. Omo! This is my first time of using Chicago POE, gangsta moves o!
Chicago people have no chill, and I finally know the reason why. They don't receive a lot of visitors with visas, so they have all the time in the world to spend with you. Most passengers are green card holders or have US passport.

So I flew KLM, from Lagos, it's like the entire Lagos was travelling that day. I'm 21 weeks and have been feeling like I have super duper energy.Mehn! The energy dropped from Lagos immigration. I didn't look preg, being plus sized, but was fagged by the time we boarded.
When KLM brought their tiny food, I had to confess to the air hostesses, at least to survive the 7 hours flight.
Stop over in amsterdam was 7hrs, I found one location and grabbed a good night sleep and enjoyed free wifi during the remaining time.
Flight from Amsterdam to chicago wasn't full, they ended up merging flights with delta but as a sharp babe, I had strategize that as soon as the seatbelt lights went off, I will make a mad dash for the empty rows at d back of the plane.
Also told to flight attendant my situation, the guy made sure I had a constant supply of food wink correct guy!

Flight was very bumpy, at a point, I remembered how Jesus slept when there was turbulence and by faith slept through it too. On approaching Chicago, hummnn, the winds were not friendly to the plane. I switched into full scale prayers!

Ok, time for POE, I had zeroed my mind dat Chicago was fire for fire, but had no idea they had correct skoin skoin.

I saw only myself walking to the visa holders section. I had selected a friendly looking guy to approach when an officer directed me to someone else. My heart cut small sha.
Come and see interview! Of all my trips to US, I have never had this sort of interview, I even thank God for giving me patience.

CBP: Hello ma'am
Me: Hello sir, how you doing?
CBP: where are you coming from?
Me: Lagos Nigeria
CBP: have you visited other West African countries?
Me: No, not at all.
CBP: so do you have kids, are you pregnant, are you expecting
Me: (silence). I did not expect this question o! I thought cos I wasn't showing, I was gonna scale through without a pregnancy conversation.
CBP asks again: Do you have kids.
Me: er... I had kids last year, but they died at birth
CBP: oh my God, this is so sad! I can imagine how you felt. What happened?
Me: It's a long story
CBP: don't worry you gonna have more kids. (He now checks my visa and sees that its about to expire) Oh, your visa is going to expire. How long do you want to stay here.
Me: A couple of weeks
CBP: what are you going to be busy? I see you are going to Los Angeles...
Me: (catching the humor) Grand Canyon
CBP: Hollywood
Me: Las Vegas
CBP: ohhh, you want to get yourself some Las Vegas
Me: smiling stupidly
CBP: ok, your visa is going to expire soon, but don't worry, (he stamps me in till october). So do you have food? Fruits, vegetables?
Me: I have herbs and spices, it's all dried and milled
CBP: You have any gifts?
Me: I have African hair extensions, it's the best I can do to give to family and friends.
CBP: How much do you have on you?
Me: $225
CBP: How do you expect to move around these places with $225?
Me: I have my cards, there was no way I was going to buy dollars in Nigeria, the exchange rate is crazy, I'd rather swipe my cards. (I actually bought the $200 for N218 per dollar at the airport! Haba!)
CBP: ok, here's your passport, enjoy your stay. (I couldn't wait to get out of there b4 he remembers I didn't answer his question)

On getting to customs, told dem I have food. They send me for secondary inspection, after scanning my bags, the officer goes, "there's no food in here". I'm like ok, my bad! And packs my load out of there. They were more preoccupied with one naija woman that brought in fresh vegetables without declaring.

That's my POE story o! In addition to favour, because I see God's favor here o, on how the guy stamped me in for 6mths with an about to expire passport. And I think he passed on the preg assumption because I wasn't showing and I am coming on an about to expire visa.
If you really need to avoid Chicago, abeg, try! I am still a fan of JFK POE in NY, due to their high influx of tourists and straightforward with no unnecessary questioning. Even after the 25 mins ordeal, there was no visa holder waiting for their turn.
So, here I am o! Will start my search for a hospital to use when I have recovered from jetlag

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Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by sayoberry: 12:36am On Apr 22
now unless you are not travelling early, u can use the priority... like maybe u have one month of faaji. but if u dey rush go house... abeg no do ijebu o. and again I cat guarantee the safety of your baby's passport with the envelope. so its better to use the overnight delivery envelope.
Got zero balances thru mail box

Meanwhile I did not do circumsision there too, I flew B.A and my babies ticket was $322 for each baby. I requested bassinet and wheelchair for my mil and l. My babies started wailing immediately we got down from the plane in Lagos, the heat was interesting, I was almost choking from the air. grin America don sweet me.

Meanwhile for those who sent me mails, I'm sorry for not replying on time or at all. I don't have help at home so unless I see "u have won $5million" or something similar I don't read the mails grin
Goodnight everyone. Have a mission accomplished year

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Travel / Re: Calling On Nairaland Americans :) Pls I Need Cheap Way Of Getting To Los Angeles by bebe2(f): 7:02pm On Apr 21
25omega:
It will be very difficult to get a cheaper price. i would suggest flying into ATL then have your family buy you a plane ticket with southwest airline from ATL to LA. That might save you some money. So your round trip would be to and from ATL but you would buy a separate round trip ticket from ATL to LA using either southwest airline or priceline.com

No mind them, I don buy today £723 BA.

I never still recover from the shock undecided
Travel / Re: Calling On Nairaland Americans :) Pls I Need Cheap Way Of Getting To Los Angeles by 25omega(m): 2:22pm On Apr 21
It will be very difficult to get a cheaper price. i would suggest flying into ATL then have your family buy you a plane ticket with southwest airline from ATL to LA. That might save you some money. So your round trip would be to and from ATL but you would buy a separate round trip ticket from ATL to LA using either southwest airline or priceline.com
Travel / Re: Top 5 Places You Must Visit In Nigeria Before Death Knocks At Your Door! by amsoslim(m): 8:52pm On Apr 20
Mak I BOOK my flight ticket incase the plane go fly reach FP
Travel / Re: Give Birth In USA: Cost And Procedures Part 2 by customised87: 12:33pm On Apr 20
demiiii:
Hello house,
I have been to the port health authority at mm1 but was asked to go to their head office at toll gate and later asked to go back to mm1. am tired of d back and forth game.

Where exactly do I get the to Fit to fly certificate.? Departure or arrival? I have been to arrival but I wasn't allowed in.

Also, must it be on the travel date. I wish to get it a day or two b4 my travel. Sm1 pls help.

I really need a copy of the consent letter to be written by my husband. And the site or link to print the one from the US Consulate.

What is d maximum amount I can fly with. Heard it's 10000usd.kindly confirm.

What other documents do I need to take with me apart from my marriage certificate (copy) as I still use my maiden name on my passport.

Thanks guyz.


You can get ur fit to fly from ur doc n hospital in Nig and u can get it 72 hrs before ur departure,it must state ur gestation age,edd and that u r medically fit to fly on a plane.
There is nothing much abt the consent letter,just write that u r the father/mother and will like for ur child's application for a Nig visa to be granted. The letter must be written and signed by both parents whether present or not. You can google DS-11 form for the form to be notorised for the US passport application
You can travel with 9,999$ and below and would not need to declare it or u can travel with 10,000$ and above and declare it at POE
You can take along some wedding pics in addition to the marriage cert. my passport is in my maiden name too so i travelled with my marriage cert as well as wedding pics even though i didnt need/use it for anything on the long run.

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Travel / Re: My Padi Wan Chop Aduro. How He Go Take Pass? by Obinnio: 12:17am On Apr 20
25omega:
The problem is, Nigeria is not recognized as a country that has conflict that is bad enough to allow political aduro. He will just waste away in a holding cell before they send him back.

why not invest all the money he is going to spend on the plane ticket, documentation and bribery to invest in something or at least go to Gambia and start a biz
but my guy as a Nigerian enlighten me on aduro mata as You know more, I will tell U about me and as I am honest to say it, that's the way my life is and I don't like lies, I tell the truth so that anywhere help will come from I will know it is God's doing, First of all I want to travel and I want to chop aduro or over stay thereby being illegal, it's for a reason and with good intention and not bad like doing drugs or stealing and I won't deceive a lady just for papers. Well I am a footballer, I intend to travel to give myself better opportunities and exposure which we don't get here cos of poor scouting system, I intend to go for trials and so on even playing in the lowest division to prove myself or even sunday sunday or street football so as to get notice, anything as long as it is football so, please don't tell me not to go but instead advise me on how to succeed cos I've made up my mind, people will say invest the money but I have a little business that is not steady but I can't rely on it for future and allow my children suffer what I suffered, I am seriouse in making it in football because that is my life, If I don't fashion it out in playing I will in coaching, I have no certificate and have stayed on the pitch from young trying to be the best I can be,but now is the time to make a step, visa won't be issue but how do I not get deported,I know my talent will shine but how not to get deported, aduro or over staying and hoping for God's miracle.my list of countries are Germany,Belgium,France or Austria. Let's I forget I have been studying German Lang to help my course. How does the aduro work or is better to over stay but totally to stay out of trouble. What do you advice?, One more thing I am Always with my God so any intention of doing bad is out of my site as some people will point to why Nigerians are doing abroad.
Travel / Re: My Padi Wan Chop Aduro. How He Go Take Pass? by 25omega(m): 12:29am On Apr 18
Bigboytinz:
dem don tell am make e stay but e don invest cash for biznes for naija wey no con click. e don frustrate. he just wan know if den no go disturb qm pass port waka reach the place he wan claim. he go handle anytin once he don arive
well one to get on a flight bound for international waters, you need a visa. So if you get a visa to get on a plane you might as well travel legitimately
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