British Airways boots off 135 economy class Nigerian passengers on a single flight to Lagos...
On the 27th of March 2008, 137 passengers boarded flight BA075 bound for Lagos, Nigeria. On this same flight, the British Immigration Authorities were deporting a male Nigerian. According to reports, "in an attempt to restrain the already cuffed deportee, (escorting) officers used methods which caused the deportee to shout “I go die o” (meaning: I am going to die). The noise coming from the deportee went on for about 30 minutes to the discomfort of passengers on board the flight."
Ayodeji Omotade, passenger and IT consultant from Chatham Kent asked the officers not to “kill him”. In response the deportee and Mr. Omotade were taken off the plane and Mr. Omotade subsequently arrested and detained.
According to the Daily Mirror, "this outraged the other 135 passengers in the economy class section and they complained to cabin crew. Then the BA pilot took the extraordinary decision to boot off everyone who had witnessed the arrest of Mr Omotade, an IT consultant from Chatham, Kent."
After the economy class section was virtually cleared, the deportee, aged about 30, was brought back on and the flight left.
The booted passengers were booked on to later flights but for Mr Omotade who, like Naomi Campbell, was told by BA staff he was banned by the airline for life.
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