FAAN swoops on passengers with hidden cargo, insists on N2, 000 per bag on arrival
LAGOS – This may not be the best of times for passengers carrying over eight baggage and still calling them hand luggage, as the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria ( FAAN) has swooped on them, insisting that they follow laid down rules on cargo and baggage screening and payments.
To this end, the Authority officials swooped on them at the airports to enforce the rules by charging N2,000 per bag on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Lagos. That applies to bags that are not meant to the carried through the passenger terminal but brought in by passenger plane.
“The charge does not apply to all passengers but to cargo agents who use passenger planes to transport their cargo – often times 20-30 pieces of luggage unaccompanied or accompanied by proxies. This fraudulent practice mounts untold pressure on our conveyor belts and short-changes FAAN of its much needed revenue.
“The fact about the ongoing incident at the MMIA is that some passengers arrived with cargo which they should have passed as cargo through the cargo terminal and wanted to pass same as mere luggage and FAAN decided to charge them the cargo fee, which is a normal charge that was done with receipts.
“We have to discourage them, if you are carrying cargo, you have to go through the normal screening process at the cargo terminal; if you are simply carrying passenger luggage, it is a different thing entirely,” Yakubu Dati, spokesman for FAAN, told BusinessDay.