On Monday November 2nd, a Virgin Atlantic flight from Lagos to London had to stopover in Lome, Togo for refuelling.
Needless to say, things didnt quite go according to plan.
I managed to secure a snap interview with one of the passengers on that historic flight.
As funny as it may seem, it’s all very true.
Naturally I have withheld the passenger’s name 🙂
FF: Where did you buy your ticket from?
X: Same agent I always buy my tickets from in Lagos
FF:Was it an original ticket?
FF:What time did you leave your house in Lekki for the airport?
FF: Did you pray before you left the house? Did you offend anyone on the way to the airport?
X: Yes I prayed and it was too early to offend anyone
FF: Did you see the Virgin Atlantic logo on the plane as you were boarding?
FF: So at the airport you were told that there was no aviation fuel in Nigeria and they had to go and refuel in Ghana?
X: Yes. I was quite surprised but they said it would only take an hour
FF: And then later they told you you were going to Lome instead?
FF:What’s the airport in Lome like? Did you guys get off the plane while it was refuelling?
X: We didnt get off the plane. The runway was sooo small with a lot of potholes. A lot
FF: So the guys at the airport in Lome refused to take a bank transfer from Virgin Atlantic and insisted on cash payments for the fuel?
FF: How did the VA staff ask for cash from the passengers?
X: Actually they did it with a lot of discretion….we only got to know that some people contributed cash when they upgraded them to upper class.
FF: So how come the people who had cash on them were sitting in economy? The people in 1st class nko? They didnt have money?
X: Me I dont know o…
FF: What currency were they willing to accept in Lome?
X: They insisted on Euros and Euros only
FF: So how did they work out the exchange rate to CFAs?
X: They had absolutely no clue…..they did it manually.
FF:In total how long were you in Lome for the refueling?
X: 5 and a half hours!
FF: Did they give you food while you waited?
X: Nope….they gave us water, juice and wine gums….in that order
FF: Were the VA staff apologetic or ‘sendless’?
X: They were very apologetic truth be told.
FF: What time did you arrive in London finally?
FF: Apart from your return journey, will you be flying with Virgin Atlantic again?
UPDATE: The flight actually stopped to refuel in Cotonou and not Lome as I stated above. Apologies for this…the error was mine.
I thought Passenger X ‘misspoke’ but it turns out I ‘misheard’ 🙂
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