Airline travellers have continued to lament as airlines now resort to handwritten boarding pass at the gateway airport to the country, the Murtala Muhammad International Airport(MMIA), Lagos.
They bewail the debilitating state of airline services at the MMIA, Lagos.
The situation, according to news making rounds has been on for the past 62 days.
A renowned Nigerian journalist, Chief Dele Momodu, who witnessed this new ugly development at the airport while traveling on Wednesday the 11th of August, 2021, expressed shock at the level of aviation services in the country.
He posted a photo of the handwritten boarding pass then wrote: “To those trolls who blindly defend the apparent incompetence at Murtala Muhammad International Airport Lagos, here’s my handwritten boarding pass this morning while flying out of Nigeria. Not just mine, I spoke to other airlines and was told this nonsense has been on for 62 days….”
Other travellers who spoke to The Liberation News confirmed the sad development.
While condemning the act as a slap and an international embarrassment, they blamed the federal government for underdeveloping the Nigerian aviation sector.
Adeleke Ibrahim, an engineer, expressed disgust at the avoidable development going on at the foremost Nigerian airport, attributing it to a “high level of corruption going on in the sector.”
He believed that “handwritten boarding pass for travellers should be seen as a national disgrace at this technological age.” He calls for “an urgent and proper investigation into the matter by the government”, he siad.
He also challenged the federal government and national assembly to summon those involved, especially the Minister of Aviation, Sirika Hadi, for questioning.
Ayodeji Ilori, a travelling agent, said this ongoing disgraceful development at the MMIA shows how Nigeria is still far behind in catching up with simple technology development, wondering why the majority of the airlines could not print boarding passes for air travellers for more than two months.
“This shows the rate at which the country is retrogressing. And this is majorly caused by the corruption going on in the aviation sector and other sectors as well. This is ridiculous,” he stated.
Some officials of the airlines who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Liberation News that their inability to print boarding passes is due to some technical issues and that the managements are trying to resolve the challenges.