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October 19, 2009

21st century air travel

What happens when the Kenya Airways computers go down for several consecutive hours at Entebbe airport in Uganda?

You board your flight with this rather ridiculous-looking piece of paper:

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JoAnna

Funny and nightmarish all at the same time.

Holli

Flying in Africa in general is always an interesting experience!

I once flew on an airline called Slok from Accra to Monrovia and they calmly announced they did not have enough life jackets for everyone but we should 'bear with them'...

Kenya airways is one of the best.

Great looking ticket though! :)

Texas ExPat

HaHa! I often flew Air Tanzania in the 80s and was reminded of the Mexican bus rides of my youth. Much more colorful and exciting than your typical American domestic flight, they always got me to where I was going.

Toaf

Now that's a souvenir!

Liza

If this is nightmarish, then flying domestic flights in Ethiopia would be a nightmare everytime. When you leave from an airport other than Addis you always get a blank boarding pass, they just tear it up several times on your way to your seat and you end up with nothing in the end. Once all the passengers had to get off in Bahir Dar on the way from Gondar to Addis and identify our baggage as they realised that they had one passenger less than on the list. But since they had no boardning passess with names, it took a while to identify the missing person and the extra bag.
And on a flight with Antrak from Accra to OUaga a couple of years ago, my seat had no lifebelt, I pointed it out to the stewardess and she pulled one from the next seat and stuffed it under my chair. A few moments later someone came to sit in that chair.

mfellion

Whats the problem here? Everybody got to their destination which sure beats sitting on the run way locked in the airplane cabin for 8 hours or more which happens at least once a year in America.

mnati

can't see what the problem is here!

Simon

Once all the passengers had to get off in Bahir Dar on the way from Gondar to Addis and identify our baggage as they realised that they had one passenger less than on the list..!.. ?
Thaky Nice Post

ciaran

I'd be impressed with this boarding ticket. Who cares that its written by hand? Ryanair used to had out little numbered squares of plastic in the Beauvais (paris) airport.
I think handwriting all the information shows more determination and adherence to procedure than you'd see in any european airport.

Bob, NY

Slow news day?

I most enjoyed it when the stewardess would happily suggest that you "sit back and enjoy your fright".

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