JUST IN: Ibom Air Sues Passenger Over False Baggage Claim


Ibom Air Sues Passenger Over False Baggage Claim

According to reports, Ibom Air has sued a passenger over false baggage claim.

A passenger name and details withheld, who boarded the Ibom air flight, travelling through the Murtala Muhammed Airport Terminal 2 (MMA2) on Ibom Air flight QI0319 from Abuja to Lagos has been charged to court, convicted and fined for declaring a false baggage claim against the airline.

It is alleged that the passenger raised the concern and subsequently rained insults and threats on the airline as frantic calls and moves were made to quell the situation.

Requesting a replay of the CCTV, by Ibom air revealed that the bag the passenger claimed to be missing was his checked-in bag.

Narrating the ordeal, Ibom Air’s official statement:

“The CCTV footage showed when the passenger picked up the bag from the conveyor belt, with a bag tag on it, he proceeded to the restroom where he removed the Bag tag from the bag in order to escape the waiting Ibom Air Security Baggage Reconciliation Team, who would have retrieved our baggage claim tag from him, and went straight to the Ibom Air counter, where he raised a false alarm about his alleged missing checked baggage.”

“He ( The passenger) was thereafter invited to the office for further investigation and resolution of the issue. Upon his arrival, he stood his ground, and was handed over to the security agencies where he made his statement. When confronted with the CCTV footage, he broke down and confessed to the crime.”

“He was charged to court for the offense punishable under section 168(d) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2015. He pleaded guilty to the charge and showed remorse for his actions and promised not to repeat them again. He was convicted with an option of fine.

“This statement is issued to deter unscrupulous elements who are hell-bent on tarnishing the image of Airline Operators while seeking illegitimate gain. We would further like to assure our highly valued passengers of our continuous strive for excellence and the safety and security of our passengers and their checked baggage in our care,” the airline said.