Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) have directed all airlines to forthwith comply with a new guideline making it compulsory for airlines to indicate on passenger’s boarding pass the exact number of travel luggage duly checked in.
FAAN’s move is aimed at safeguarding air travellers some of whom recently fell victim of the unwholesome practices by some airline and airport staffs said to specialize in tagging baggages containing illicit drugs with unsuspecting passengers names.
It urged passengers to always cross check their boarding passes to ensure that the number of their luggage tallies with the number shown on it.
The notice read _“The Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN) hereby notifies all passengers that forthwith, it has become compulsory for airlines to indicate the exact number of travel luggage checked-in by passengers on their boarding passes. “Passengers are therefore advised to always cross-check their boarding pass to ensure that the number of luggage they checked-in is the same as reflected on it”._
Earlier in the year , a Nigerian, Miss Zainab Aliyu on a lesser Hajj to Saudi Arabia was arrested by Saudi security for entering into the country with a luggage containing an illicit drug called Tramadol.
In response to a petition by her father to the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), the agency conducted a discreet investigation that led to the discovery and bursting of an airport cartel that planted drugs in a luggage and tagged it in her name.
Zainab’s eventual release from Saudi Arabia’s jail and possible death sentence was made possible by the intervention at the highest level of the Nigerian Government.