The Murtala Mohammed international
airport on Saturday night hit a new
low as darkness enveloped the
premier airport due to power outage
at the time passengers were boarding
flights to different foreign
The power outage at the airport
occurred between 10pm and midnight,
when about four international flights
– British Airways, Air France, South
African Airways, and one other – were
The departure lounge was pitch dark
as airlines officials deployed gas-
powered lanterns and battery-
powered flashlights to check-in
passengers and walk them through the
Passengers groped their ways through
the boarding gates into the aircraft.
They discussed the security
implications of conducting check-in
and boarding processes in darkness in
a country currently battling terrorism
and at a time when aviation security
should be a high priority.
“The place was full of heat and people
were sweating. It was a disaster. Our
international airport has reached a
new low,” a passenger on one of the
flights told newsmen.
The cause of last night’s power outage
at the airport could not be ascertained
at the time of going to press.