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SaharaTV Releases Video of Passengers Aboard New York Bound Arik Air Plane… Without Airconditioning!



Hold on a second! Is that our beloved BankyW in that frame?
Earlier this evening, Sahara Reporters TV released a video of passengers stuck on an Arik Air plane bound for New York. The air conditioning wasn’t turned on (or wasn’t functional – we’re unable to determine from the video) and as a result the passengers went berserk! People were fainting from the ensuing heat, others were taking off their clothes. It was really a messy sight.

The situation itself is really worrisome, as there have been several complaints on the issue of customer care with Nigerian airlines. However, there are some chuckle worthy moments in the video. The cocktail of accents as well as the whipping off of clothing.

And then of course there’s the look on Banky’s face when he realizes there’s a camera!

If you were on that plane, what would you have done?

Watch the clip here


  1. natty

    April 6, 2014 at 11:33 pm

    yes to boycotting Arik, its time businesses realise that customers are truly king.


      April 7, 2014 at 10:38 am

      Supported. They need to go on a break and straighten themselves out.

    • JanJan

      April 7, 2014 at 6:53 pm

      British Airways have been treating their customers badly for years, why have people not boycotted them?

    • NYBAY

      April 8, 2014 at 5:56 pm

      Please explain how British Airways have been treating there customers badly. Backup your accusations with facts. I have taken BA and Virgin for years no complains. I have a hand full of friends that has taken Arik and swore they will never again. Issues from Toilet not working to only one Toilet working in the entire plane. Shame on Arik Airline, if i was on that plane i would have immediately opened the exit door.

    • Sola P

      April 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

      I’ve never flown Arik out of the country so I can not compare services but I’ve been very satisfied with flying BA. They definitely will not board their passengers and keep them in poorly ventilated conditions for hours!

  2. RightSaidFrred

    April 6, 2014 at 11:40 pm

    Wow, this is terrible.

    • Her Excellency!

      April 7, 2014 at 2:46 pm

      I dont pity them
      Why take Arik when there’s Virgin or BA or d others?
      Is it because Arik is 10k (or more) lesser than other airline fares n has more luggage allowance.
      No matter the boycott some will still take Arik (you can hear the woman in white and black saying ‘the last time l was here’, why give another chance if you were once treated like an animal?)
      Naija with their ‘suffering and smiling’ attitude

    • Hannah

      April 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm

      Her Excellency lol God bless you. Am not a celebrity (YET , lolz) but i always fly with Virgin to London. Oga Banky why that Arik? abi lolz

  3. mee

    April 6, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Wow! This is wrong on all levels. I don’t even know what to say. Same shitty experience you get from other airlines when you’re connecting to African countries. I recently flew Qatar airlines – first leg of the journey from a Western country was PERFECT; second leg from Doha to Nigeria, complete disaster. From horribly rude flight attendants to clogged-overflowing bathroom sinks, uncomfortable seats, horrible food, etc. It’s really sad.
    In other news, Nigerians are hot-blooded mehn. Gosh!

    • Miss_Flygerian

      April 7, 2014 at 2:47 am

      Inside that kind of heat, who won’t be hot-blooded? Did you see how sweat was making Banky’s head shine like a diamond?

  4. kilipot

    April 6, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    This is just so sad, Nigeria is becoming messier by the day nothing work.
    This video ll trend for a while, people ll make jokes out of and that ll be all.

  5. CarliforniaBawlar

    April 7, 2014 at 12:03 am

    Moral of the story…. Banky does not ‘enter’ economy…hehehehe!! I’m such a stupid child!

    • AW

      April 7, 2014 at 12:38 am

      No, the moral of the story is that he is better off flying economy on another airline than flying first class on an airline that can’t get its planes off the ground!

    • Funtizzy

      April 7, 2014 at 3:49 am

      lol, u re wrong

    • Olu

      April 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm



    April 7, 2014 at 12:06 am

    It’s the children on the flight I really felt sorry for. And yes, there was Banky trying to be the voice of reason, Unfortunately some man wasn’t having it. This is just so wrong on hundreds of levels and I hope it goes beyond a YouTube video. There should be law suits. If that plane wasn’t airborne why didn’t they just let them out?

  7. Random Yoruba Boy

    April 7, 2014 at 12:15 am

    It’s your beloved Boobookins o!!!!
    Omo!! They didn’t have to wait soooo long to let the passengers out.
    Just look at the children so hot that they had to undress…

  8. Olori Tari

    April 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Lol wooow…the way that man shouted at Banky tho !

    • Olori Tari

      April 7, 2014 at 12:27 am

      And that woman shouting the same shit “apun” December. I could feel the anger. Must have been pretty frustrating being in that situation.

      Arik gotta do better tho. Didn’t even know people still take them seriously. I mean even their less than an hour flights, I’m very skeptical about them, it has to be important.

    • Bird's Eye

      April 7, 2014 at 4:40 am

      BWAHAHAHAHAAAAA!!! Olori Tari you’ve killed me with laughter. The same shit apun hahahahahhaa

    • Samantha

      April 7, 2014 at 12:58 pm

      hahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahah”apun” lmaooooooo I heard that and lost the plot! Oh dear…lol. But on a real though I was about to book this flight to NY for the easter break because it is reasonable cheaper but I rather buy economy on another flight…Naaaaaaaa Arik is certainly a no no after this!

    • Funtizzy

      April 7, 2014 at 3:49 am


  9. lolade

    April 7, 2014 at 12:23 am

    too sad……this is the reason why i spend a little more and fly British airways.

    • Miss_Flygerian

      April 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

      Tell me about it. It’s because of things like this that I never hesitate in spending more to fly with Delta/KLM/Air France. My family and I can never fly a Nigerian airline internationally. Its a risk we’re not willing to take. Even flying Arik locally is an absolute pain. I’ve experienced the horrors of flying locally with them twice. The experience is not what I would wish on even my worst enemy. I have vowed never to step feet into an Arik plane again. I’d rather use ABC bus to go to my destination than use Arik Air. Lagos to NYC is a 13-14 hr journey, just imagine sitting on a plane for that long without air conditioning. Tufiakwa! Something immediate has to be done about this. Arik can’t keep doing their nonsense and get away with it.

    • The Guardian

      April 7, 2014 at 8:48 am

      In 2011 there was a situation during my flight with Arik from Calabar to Lagos, and this made the next guy sitting next to me almost shit his pants…lol, I was just calm and silently praying that the heavy turbulence would stop cos we were flying within heavy clouds during a rain storm, but somehow the pilot managed to take us above the rain clouds until we arrived Lagos
      To my amazement it was a very brave female Arik pilot who pulled off the stunt.
      I was grateful to God for our safety.
      Arik should have found a quick solution to this particular situation before it escalated to this point.

    • Debbie Ade

      April 7, 2014 at 4:20 am

      Correct Lolade. I’ve always been scared about flying on a Nigerian flight internationally. I wanted to do Arik on my next flight but now, I no do!!!

    • Non professional opinion

      April 7, 2014 at 9:23 am

      You people are making me scared o! I’ve never flown locally in Nigeria since the demise of Virginnigeria, but in the not too distant future it looks like I’m going to be doing a lot of short flights. I thought Arik was one of the good ones. Baba God please send my pj sooner rather than later.

  10. Libgirl

    April 7, 2014 at 12:30 am

    SMDH, unbelievable!!! How do you put people on a plane without a/c, especially after they’ve paid their money?

    I wonder what the end result of this whole messiness was?

    Still can’t believe that people were treated like that.

  11. AW

    April 7, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Arik air! You are better off paddling a canoe to New York or London, than getting on Arik Air. In fact you will arrive at your destination quicker going by canoe. It is one thing for foreigners to treat you badly, it is another thing when your own countryman takes you to the grinder and still expects you to pay and say thank you! I am sorry to say, Arik Air is just a piece of s#*t! and now we have proof.

    • Bird's Eye

      April 7, 2014 at 4:40 am

      I thought Arik was Indian?

    • AW

      April 7, 2014 at 9:13 am

      No it isn’t. Maybe you are referring to Dana Air. Let me educate you, go to; You can thank me later.

  12. nzeaka

    April 7, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Shame. Once had arik flight like this from Lagos to owerri .

  13. wendy

    April 7, 2014 at 12:37 am

    lol…Niaja! I hail thee!!! Unfortunately, same people will enter the plane next time. Arik is always having issue. …. Arik need anothe competition for them to buckle up..

  14. freeman chekwas

    April 7, 2014 at 12:40 am

    this is so bad..dey wan kill people oooo

  15. Stefs

    April 7, 2014 at 12:45 am

    1. It was very of Arik to leave them on that flight for that long against their wishes. Best thing would have been to let them off and sort out the AC issue. If that’s even the only problem with the plane.
    2. I love that woman shouting in the background she made this horrible situation really funny
    3. Please why was that man shouting at Banku haba he was just trying to help lol
    4. @ the reporter lmbo @ your response to that attendant ‘what does it look like am doing’ asking you to a dance?

  16. James Obi

    April 7, 2014 at 12:47 am

    The rule is once passengers board, the doors can’t be opened anymore. Regardless, the entire flight will have to be cancelled if anyone gets off. In most cases, it’s considered a flight risk. I think the unfortunate thing here is the humidity in Nigeria.
    I’ve been on many self acclaimed luxury airlines and have been held on Tarmac for over 2hours. It’s not been on many occasions as well.
    I still think has crazy has this incident may have been, there should still have been some civility and self-restraint..
    I understand the frustration but the main culprit here is the airport authorities who should have higher standards for airline carriers

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 7, 2014 at 11:24 am

      “I’ve been on many self acclaimed luxury airlines and have been held on Tarmac for over 2hours. It’s not been on many occasions as well”

      Me too but in all cases the AC was working.

    • gollygoshy

      April 8, 2014 at 10:53 am

      Thank you for being objective…I am particularly pained at this Video…I cannot imagine the horror but yet I cannot entirely blame Arik.
      And for all those shouting Virgin/Ba and whatever…i have flown some really horrendous flights on those airlines too. And the most Virgin did was compensate each passenger with 12,000 miles. Thats it…for the inconvenience and BA did the same sef…
      Now I know why people fly arik…because there is barely no difference between the prices….it is a thing called DIRECT FLIGHT!….if you are petrified of flying…one take off and one landing is all you want to subject yourself to…I know people who can afford any plane ticket but will only fly Arik for this reason…if we had more options nobody will want to fly arik so maybe we should open that avenue up…for competition…
      Arik must compensate their passengers for this ordeal…it is inexcusable but i am sure it was unavoidable for them….perhaps 50% off a future flight…I would have been glad if Virgin/BA afforded me that courtesy

  17. Wale

    April 7, 2014 at 12:48 am

    Mehn, I had to laugh-especially when I saw the expressions on the oyibo
    passengers faces. Bet you that is the last time they will go near Nigeria. God created Naijas with a special formula… Arik owners should be ashamed of themselves, don’t they have children?

    • swagu

      April 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      hahahahahahahah…… I thought I was the only one that saw it…Priceless expressions… What is even more priceless was the thoughts going thru their minds… They def would not step foot close to Naija ever again!

  18. Crunchy bites

    April 7, 2014 at 1:01 am

    No arik for me! Coz I wud have acted worse! The two times I’ve flown with Arik the tv screens weren’t working. Later, I found out they never work. I must admit tho the aircraft looks a lot better than British airways. Nigerians will always get shit as long as they continue to put up with shit.

  19. !!!!

    April 7, 2014 at 1:01 am

    This is terrible

  20. Tom

    April 7, 2014 at 1:22 am

    awwww Banky was trying to mediate

  21. Young Black Woman

    April 7, 2014 at 1:23 am

    This is Shamazing!!!! People were fainting and they were still locked up?! It’s not like they boarded the plane on credit. Nigeria, i hail thee. SM does have it’s advantages, now we know.

  22. Ndubuisi

    April 7, 2014 at 1:29 am

    Why do airlines always do this type of things i experienced this situation a few years ago about to fly from New York to Detroit to get a connecting flight to China and our plan stopped at runway for over an hour without an aircondition i almost died becuase i am asthmatic. i hope i never experienced such thing again.

  23. Author Unknown

    April 7, 2014 at 1:42 am

    These tarmac delays happen even in the US, though I’m not condoning it anywhere. I don’t know that I have the liver to fly any naija airline overseas sha. I think they’re the only ones that do the Lagos-NY route, but i’d rather transit in ATL or Europe.

    • Okechukwu Ofili

      April 7, 2014 at 11:26 am

      omg…the issue is not the tarmac delay. The issue is delay with no AC!

    • slice

      April 7, 2014 at 2:34 pm

      lol i can feel your frustration as people keep missing the point. lol

    • Author Unknown

      April 8, 2014 at 3:57 am

      It really does boil down to tarmac delay actually. When it happens in America, people lament about everything that causes them discomfort period. Did you not hear the Mohawk lady complain about the same thing having happened in December? Do you think she was talking about the heat or just frustration from tarmac delay? On a different note, Nigerians are rough sha. Banging on the door and shit. Try that at your destination in NYC and see if NYPD won’t escort you off the flight.

  24. Fatimah

    April 7, 2014 at 1:45 am

    I am starting a review blog tomorrow (No jokes). This nonsense has to stop!

  25. Thot

    April 7, 2014 at 1:58 am

    The same thing happened in December and she still booked with them hahaha. Typical Nigerians . Shit on their heads spit on them then throw them peanuts and you are their hero. I bet 90%”of them will still fly the useless arik

  26. Emy

    April 7, 2014 at 2:01 am

    OMG! And that plane was flying o. Jesu! We have seen it all in Nigeria. Smh! Arik is going down gradually. I flew Arik last month london to lagos, na so passengers quarell till plane land. God help us.

  27. nna

    April 7, 2014 at 2:05 am

    Chai!!! Chineke!! Which way Nigeria? May God help us

  28. Timmy tim

    April 7, 2014 at 2:19 am

    really scary!

  29. Running man

    April 7, 2014 at 2:38 am

    Lol Banky Will you use Arik in the future? Yes/No

  30. Mississipi

    April 7, 2014 at 2:47 am

    I literally thought my Arik Air experience on Dec 20th 2008 was the worse ever but now I can see that the have proven me wrong…….. but why? oh Nigeria

  31. Omel

    April 7, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Wow! I’m claustrophobic, my heart raced as I watched this video. What a shame. My sympathy goes to all the passengers.

  32. OJ with pulp

    April 7, 2014 at 3:15 am

    This is horrible. I can’t even begin to imagine what that flight was like…especially because the video was recorded just 1 hour into the flight & Lagos – NY is about 10 hours… at least if the destination was England it would have been slightly more bearable.

    Arik Air this makes you look very very unprofessional…I hope you change your ways and learn not to mess with your customers (especially Nigerians because we will show you pepper as seen in the video). You better find some way to compensate these passengers because it must have been a really shitty experience and the lady in the black/white top said it happened in december too! In defence of the pilots though- what could they have done…they were in the air already ?? Land in the atlantic ?? I guess flying back to Lagos would have been an option sha

    On a lighter note…the same lady yelling “I was here dezzember…the same freaking shit appun… lets get out of here” is soo funny ! haha I can just imagine her telling her narrating this ordeal to her people in NY

  33. RightSaidFrred

    April 7, 2014 at 3:20 am

    Perhaps it is time for Nigeria to start manufacturing it’s own airplanes. We can steal the technology from the white man and start manufacturing our airplanes. The moment this happens, issues like air conditioning problems are likely to disappear. Can we find any airplane manufacturer to copy from or get one willing to relocate to Nigeria the ‘Giant of Africa’ with the biggest economy on the continent?

  34. Marian

    April 7, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Wow! Was thinking of flying Arik to lagos but the d discount no worth am anymore. Would rather pay more for peace of mind. Mehn, Naija needs to hold these airlines to a better standard. If for some reason the AC stopped working at least they should have made an announcement, apologized and let them out while they fix it. I can’t imagine been cooped up with no ventilation in that lagos heat.

  35. Eve82

    April 7, 2014 at 3:40 am

    I couldn’t believe this was happening. I’m thinking of all those people confined in the plane, rebreathing their Carbondioxide…enough microorganism. Why do they want to open the door in a moving plane? Or did the plane not take off yet?

    The man said ‘are we sure we are not even held hostage here’…lol!

  36. Miss_Flygerian

    April 7, 2014 at 3:41 am

    But why Banky go dey fly with Arik na? Do they offer him free tickets?

  37. Funtizzy

    April 7, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Why would u fly Arik in the first place

  38. Geane Chukwuma

    April 7, 2014 at 4:28 am

    One thing abt Africans always rushing to make trouble…I mean look at ur foreign and oyinbos counterparts who stayed calm,making noise and endangering other people’s life is not the way forward or to get something resolved

  39. Bird's Eye

    April 7, 2014 at 4:44 am

    I’m disgusted at this video. My eyes were about to pop out while I was watching it like did this really happen? I would have been so scared and felt claustrophobic. They know how difficult it is for some people to fly and if they don’t, they should. They shouldn’t now worsen it with nonsense like this.

  40. Person

    April 7, 2014 at 4:48 am

    Un-effing-believable!!!! 35,000 feet without air-conditioning? OMG! The cabin may be pressurized but with no air-conditioning, you will almost suffocate!!! It is not as if you can just open the window!!!!!! This is why I only fly Lufthansa-German and Emirates airline when I can’t find a Lufthansa flight in my budget! YES, from the US. I don’t care how much more expensive Lufthansa is. Trust me. I have flown them ALL OVER the world and I don’t fly any other airline. smh. I hope they sued o! This is such a risk.

    • Person

      April 7, 2014 at 5:01 am

      I see they were still on the ground sef. but still!!!! One hour on the tarmac without air-conditioning? Nigerians haf suffered!

    • Ebony

      April 7, 2014 at 10:07 am

      The plane was still on the ground about to start pushback, Meanwhile at the beginning of the video one man is shouting “stupid you are a stupid man” hahahaha when the pilot is making his announcements lol!

  41. wiklo

    April 7, 2014 at 4:53 am

    can u imagine struggling through heat and filth in the airport and then this???…..I have never and will never consider this retarded airline becos of woes i’ve read/heard severally about them…

  42. Stephanie

    April 7, 2014 at 7:20 am

    Na wa oh…God help us

  43. just saying

    April 7, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Why is BellaNaija talking about the look on Bankys Face (What look is this by the way?) When there are more pressing issues here.
    Everyone on the flight totally deserves what they get. Arik keeps getting away with shit like that because no one will do anything about it.
    Add extra money and fly Delta or United, book way in advance, look for other options.
    Arik air will not change until they feel a major dip in their revenue.

  44. Noble (

    April 7, 2014 at 8:00 am

    The annoying part is that Arik doesn’t care. If you shout too much, they blacklist you.

  45. SOLO ACT

    April 7, 2014 at 8:07 am

    that woman with the blonde and black hair tho! geez kids are on the plane chill on the curse words! anyhoo, i wud be soo scared to fly in that plane, what is the AC cut off 5hrs into the flight? what if the Oxygen cut off? what will they do.

  46. Dele Olatunbosun

    April 7, 2014 at 8:41 am

    But last week’s Wednesday, I flew Arik to London and it was fun. They had Ice Prince on board who entertained us and another comedian who did a show, we were all taking pictures with them and having a thrill. It is unfortunate for this flight

    • deelicious

      April 7, 2014 at 11:21 am

      I was on that flight too and it was wonderful …

  47. Dionne James

    April 7, 2014 at 8:46 am

    A lot of you guys are getting it wrong. This issue does not only exist with Arik. This happened to me on a British airways Newyork to London flight also with no explaination of what was happening. We were on the terminal for atleast 4 hours to the extent that we were given our food on ground. And under no circumstances were we allowed to leave the plane. Can you imagine just been standstill and knowing you are still at the airport. Believe me that was the most fustrating experience ever. Unfortunately the only difference here with this Arik situation is the lack of AC on ground. So I must say planes been left on ground seems to be a common thing with many airlines.

    • Que.....glad to have my avatar back!

      April 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

      Being left on the tarmac isnt the issue here, but being left there without air conditioning now thats madness!! …. with any sensible airline, such scenarios immediately require and have control measures to keep agitation at bay, cos it is certainly only a matter of time b4 people lose it!! If ac is working, nna I will sleep off n leave dem sef till de sort their madness out….but in such enclosed heat….add panic, frustration, dripping heat etc to d claustrophobia n d result can only be as seen on this video!

      Airlines r selfish, why not cancel d flight n get ur shit together….. meeeen if u had mischievous ppls on d plane na to go cause emergency like light a cigarette in d bathroom, d alarms go off n d doors will surely open! Just b ready to b arrested sha.

    • Que.....glad to have my avatar back!

      April 7, 2014 at 10:47 am

      B4 pple dey pray against death by crashing, only to discover u can actually die b4 u get a chance to even hit d air n crash…. #justmessedup!

    • Iris

      April 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm


    • whocares

      April 7, 2014 at 10:54 pm

      lmaooooooooooooooooo. dont tear pant, just calm down and ignore it..repeat after me “ooooohza” x10

  48. The Guardian

    April 7, 2014 at 8:52 am

    Maybe if the oxygen masks went off, Arik staff would have taken things a lil bit more seriously…lol

  49. Idak

    April 7, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I have always heard but now I have seen;
    Normal, sane and rational people actually fly Arik on international routes? That is a very irrational choice on very many levels. You must have little value for your life to make such choices. I know some folks will claim to have had good experiences on their flights but even. A broken clock is right twice in a day.
    Some choices jeopardize God’s grace in your life. Flying Arik internationally is one of them.

    • nene

      April 7, 2014 at 10:51 am

      exactly. i fly only virgin atlantic and british airway. i can’t risk flying arik or any aircraft from a third world country.

    • Ebony

      April 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Never say never you may find yourself having to transit or go to regions that are not served by first world airlines. FYI Ethiopian Airways, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Egypt Airways are some of the best African airlines on the continent. They are sky team partners as well so you may book KLM, BA or Air France and find yourself transiting through one of these airlines on a leg of your journey that goes through their capitals.

  50. Beekay

    April 7, 2014 at 9:10 am

    I have a feeling that Nigerians have woken up from the ‘suffering and smiling’ days. We deserve the best.

  51. Nigerians time to fight back

    April 7, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Nigerians utill you all start fighting for better treatment By all these airlines you will never get respect that you deserve . We are the worlds biggest travelers and yet all these airlines treat us like crap . We have made all these airlines so much money but yet they give us no respect. SMDH

  52. Zee

    April 7, 2014 at 9:42 am

    A little advice , when flying In or out of the country kindly use a foreign flight. I can never fly a local plane out of this country cos the miles is way too much to risk my life and that of my family . If you really want ur safety and peace save up, the difference isn’t so much!!!

  53. Tee

    April 7, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Arik is one of the worst airlines so far, i flew with them once from London Heathrow to Nigeria and it was complete disaster. There was no in flight entertainment and all and even on my return journey same as well as aircraft stinking of poo. lol…and a snoring man sitting behind me, food was horrible.
    What i can’t understand is Banky flying with Arik with a little more cash he could have travelled on a better airline but maybe due to more allowance on his luggages he decided to put up with the worst. Too funny

  54. whocares

    April 7, 2014 at 10:21 am

    OMG! I hope these passengers sued Arik air. Just watching the video, I can think of a few mental and physical discomforts I want compensation for. The lack of regard by the crew is just appalling.
    Eeya, Mr Doubliyou pele o. loool. See as frustration almost led to fine boy getting beat up.


    April 7, 2014 at 10:42 am

    Supported. They need to go on a break and straighten themselves out. Nigerians really need to boycott Arik. Look at those innocent children suffering in all that heat. I have to say amidst all the heat and pressure, Banky W still looked yummm…

  56. nene

    April 7, 2014 at 10:44 am

    nigeria why? why? treating humans like animals and not giving a shit. that’s why nigerians are the way they are and that’s why the country is a shit hole.

  57. Que.....glad to have my avatar back!

    April 7, 2014 at 10:54 am

    THIS AIRLINE IS WAY PAST DUE FOR A RURAL, URBAN AND EVEN INTERNATIONAL BOYCOTT!!! And authorities are busy seizing Dana’s license every other week…… Arik pple that wont even manage an inter village bicycle system well….. I officially ditched dem a year ago n have had peace. I’ll take my chances anywhere else or go by road or not go at all….

    • ccc

      April 7, 2014 at 2:38 pm

      …inter village bicycle system…hilarious!!

  58. OMA

    April 7, 2014 at 10:55 am

    It is sad that the solution that most people proffer to this situation is to use foreign airlines- disregarding the fundamental issue which is that in 2014 Nigeria still cannot boast of one quality state of the art airline. It is appalling.

  59. victor_ludorum

    April 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm

    Okay, I’m not an aircraft engineer but I know before the engines are started, the air conditioning is powered by external generators which are supplied by a third party contractor. Also when the doors are shut on international flights, it’s against the law to open them unless on serious emergency situations. Whether this qualifies as a serious emergency situation is open to debate. Anyway, still a messed up situation.

  60. El patron medellin cartel

    April 7, 2014 at 1:09 pm

    Jesus is lord! Because it is cheap people folk to it! They are thieves, cheat! They don’t respect their customers! God help us all.

  61. mighty

    April 7, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    naija see life arik stupid lol…… federal govt shld do something about our flight issue bulshit enlage peopple after they have paid i cant never take african plane

  62. Barr. Dewo

    April 7, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    For an airline to negligently or deliberately keep passengers on an aircraft without any cooling or ventilation is equivalent to attempted murder. I do not see any reason under the sun why these passengers should not come together and institute a joint action in court against such a barbaric airline. Furthermore, we should set aside the jokes and use social media to bring this airline to its knees .

  63. Ena

    April 7, 2014 at 2:52 pm

    @ victor_ludorum, this very well qualifies as an emergency….keeping people in a fully packed, airtight plane for over an hour. someone could have easily died from that experience. heard a man screaming that his wife had collapsed. I’m sure the idiots would have opened the doors if someone had died! I hate arik with a mighty passion! from extremely delayed flights to terribly rude attendants who have attitude issues, their service is just wack! just this last Friday, they made me waste an extra $300 cos of their stupid delay! now whenever you’re flying arik, just don’t bother to let family wait for you at the airport cos you might end up arriving 3hours after the scheduled arrival time. if the business don tire them, they should just pack up biko!

  64. caro

    April 7, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Is this for real. Why r de not opening d door. And where r d hostesses. Lord have mercy. How did dis end?

  65. John Shaggy

    April 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Repeat after me! “Class Action!”

    The thing about humanity is, we don’t value most things we get for free. If the good people of that Flight (insert flight number here) don’t make Arik pay, Arik and other careless service providers will continue to act tastelessly in regard of their passengers/consumers.

    I say make an example of this situation so as to discourage this sort of spiteful behaviour.

  66. itsme

    April 7, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    just think about what else is faulty if even the a/c is faulty

  67. Ms sexy

    April 7, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Arik air s d most useless airline I have ever come across, I boycotted from Accra to Lagos sinceeeeeee
    They are so useless wt their poffpoff they serve Nd a tiny cup of juice like people are begging them
    How an I fly such useless airline abroad when I no dey craze, useless airline

  68. This is seanmazing!!!

    April 7, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    I can imagine what happened on that Flight. Locked up in a plane without air conditioning its like locked up in a casket. I remembered my experience in Nigeria last year april, the MM int’l was boiling with no air conditioning. What a shame.

  69. Blaqgurlrock

    April 7, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    ARIK is the worst airline – I flew ARIK London Heathrow to Abuja via a connecting flight in Lagos BIGGEST MISTAKE EVER they promised a shuttle bus from Lagos Int’l airport to the local airport, your guess is as good as mine there was no bus. Then we had to check out from the Int’l airport which took ages, I was like a mad woman trying to change my pounds to naira and at the same time keep my eyes on my very large bags and look for a taxi as I needed to get to the local airport fast inorder not to miss my connecting flight… anyway I missed it and the staff at the local airport were so rude and refused to book me on the next flight saying why did I miss my flight in the first place.. like seriously

  70. ForeverYoung

    April 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm

    They probably had some issues with the aircraft, but didn’t want to start the engine to turn on the AC in order not to burn fuel. This could have easily been solved, someone should just have started shouting allahuakbar , allahuakbar a handful of times proclaiming they have a bomb in their bag. See how the pilot would unlock his door sharp sharp. Mtchewww the fear of boko haram….use it to your advantage sometimes.

    • Bukie

      April 7, 2014 at 11:26 pm

      LMAO!!! Hilarious

  71. swagu

    April 7, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    It is so sad something like this still happens. Those people really showed a lot of angst which was very necessary. Sometimes timidity or meekness is not the solution. As long as there are no top class standards set by a very reputable authority, this shxt would continue going on. Also as long as the customers do not have enough income to pay slightly higher for better value, be rest assured of flying danfos. Nigeria must be great!

  72. ini

    April 8, 2014 at 6:28 am

    The problem is not the AC , the problem is the airport ,when a plane is packed at an airport it switches off its electricity , the ground crew has too connect the planes electric to that of the airport so the plane uses external power to switch on AC . when there is no equipment on ground for this or light what can one do .

  73. Debs.

    April 8, 2014 at 8:54 am

    The plane was on the ground and not in the air…by the way the video is hilarious…. naija and their fake action same people will still fly Arik…

  74. dor dor

    April 8, 2014 at 11:31 am

    Honestly…they are lucky na naija airline ….cause if na developed country like America that airline should start packing up cause all passengers on board are sueing and na because video went viral they are issuing public apology cause this na everyday occurance –i don experience am for local flights …even when united airline flight was delayed from george bush airport to naija ..pilot kept apologising to us and briefing us cause of delay..and we were treated nicely! God help us!

  75. WillyD

    April 8, 2014 at 12:09 pm

    Arik is the single worst airline in Nigeria. Their customer service has been bad enough to warrant a litany of complaints from minor and major figures in Nigeria, so this is just one more example. Remember Omojuwa’a “Arik where is my IPad” saga? Or Andre Blazes “Ride a camel before you fly Arik” comment after the airline delayed his flight for 15hours? It’s time Arik stops acting like the customer is being done a favor, and learn that service means SERVING! And Ps: this Ini guy talking about the airport ‘electric’ obviously hasn’t been on an aircraft in his life. Smh

  76. OMOBA

    April 8, 2014 at 3:16 pm

    This is a serious matter.


    April 8, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    This is a serious matter. Authority should look into this.


    April 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Authority should look into this.

  79. nnn

    April 8, 2014 at 6:41 pm


  80. Simo

    April 8, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    This is an utter joke, and a complete disaster the NCAA need to ground ARIK till they GET serious. Fines in the range of several millions of Naira will be in order. People have all sorts of health issues and no one should be subjected to this type of health risk because they are travelling. I just got off an emirates airline flight from Dubai, a lady in front of me fainted, I was about to leave for the toilet and was able to break her fall, after which I exclaimed “is there a doctor on board” flight crew rushed to where I was calmed the situation down, informed me that there was no need to call for a doctor yet as they were trained to deal with the situation, they brought out oxygen cannisters treated and revived the passengers, ten minutes later passenger was revived and stabilized. TRUE STORY THIS HAPPENED TODAY. I REPEAT THIS HAPPENED TODAY. We really need to get serious as a nation.

  81. Anonymous Pesin

    April 9, 2014 at 12:57 am

    After reading some of the comments on this article/video, I have come to the conclusion that Nigerians lack basic comprehension, critical thinking and analytic skills – by product of rote learning.

    The problem is not because the plane was on ground for hours; that is common with flights for various reasons. The problem is that there was no AC while the plane was on ground and it led to a woman allegedly passing out.

    The first and only time I used Arik, I lost over $3,000 worth of items – correction, $3,000 worth of items were stolen and was only offered 1% worth of my stolen items – I passed, too insulting. I have vowed to never use them ever again. Customer service also sucks! Google “Arik review” and you will be shocked at the havoc this company has wrecked in the name of doing business.

  82. Anonymous Pesin

    April 9, 2014 at 1:05 am

    Oh and there is something called Class Action Suit that everyone on this flight can file (sue) against Arik.

  83. shortround&beautiful

    April 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Ooooo, Y scream when you continously when you can enter fully air conditioned “God is good motors” from Naija to New York, only that it will take you months to get there! Moral of the story, cheap article dry run belle. Uncle Banky wanna enter Biz class when you can comfortably enter Economy using other airlines. I’m glad the video was sent viral so the issue can be addressed…. HOPEFULLY!

    All i can say is ARIK don’t endanger the lives of your customers, if your plane is faulty, why not reschedule and explain to the customers. Some are reasonable customers and will accept your reasons why it was grounded for repairs!

  84. focus

    April 10, 2014 at 4:58 am

    banky baba, the diplomat…………………………………arik that’s a big shame on your company packing ppl in your plane like sardines. And you know the heat in 9ja no be joke

  85. Anonymous

    December 13, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I started laughing, hilarious indeed. Okay Arik should have inspected the plane before embarking on the journey, however the actions of the passengers still doesn’t make sense, what will they achieve by screaming and shouting, ‘a plane crash probably’ by distracting the pilot’,lol!. It was obvious nothing could have been done at that moment to change the situation, they did not switch off the air conditioner, it was faulty. I understand their discomfort but they should think before they act. The only thing that would make sense is to accept it., fan yourself till you get to the destination (lol) and then take it up with Arik and get a compensation, sefino. All those passengers deserve a compensation

  86. Anonymous

    December 13, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Now that I have the full story, the actions of the passengers made sense, they were on ground, why did they let them board the plane without making sure the ac was up and running, why did the lock them up, windows could have been opened, Well, they should demand for compensation, winks

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