One week, one trouble: Arik flight held by passengers for alleged overbooking

by Akan Ido

Arik Air is at it again with reports coming from an online news source indicating its flight out of Lagos to Benin was allegedly overbooked by sixteen passengers.

The passengers who were affected reportedly complained bitterly about the inconvenience and insinuated a deliberate attempt on the part of the Arik management to extort them.

The flight which, according to sources was scheduled to leave Lagos at 6:30am was delayed on the tarmac till noon with no definite time of leaving Lagos.

Reports say the sixteen passengers who were affected in the booking discrepancy have refused to disembark from the aircraft causing some form of confusion among the flight crew and other passengers.

The aircraft curiously named John Paul II is purportedly involved in the delay. No passenger has agreed to disembark and the pilots have refused to fly.

It is not clear how the booking anomaly came about but observers say it is a common practice of the airline to book more passengers than necessary in other to make undue profits.

Let’s see how this one plays out.

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