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There's something jarring about partaking in the miracle of heavier-than-air flight, of literally dining in a chair in the sky as you fly across an ocean, and then - upon arriving at your destination in mere hours - having to stand in some horrible airport's interminable passport control line. Really? We can build commercial jets that break the sound barrier but we can't figure out how to efficiently stamp people's passports?
Here's a list of three of the worst wait time offenders. We're hoping that - all other options having been exhausted - maybe sustained public shaming will get through to them. Two are in so-called Alpha++ and Alpha+ global cities, so you'd think they'd try something now and again, and one is in West Africa, because we just can't get over how bad it is.
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A few years ago we did a Nigeria Travel post on how Lagos was becoming a vacation spot for the uber-wealthy. We're not sure how they're getting in and out of the country, but, after reading this article on the sad state of Murtala Mohammed International Airport, we're guessing it's not by commercial air.
We complain about domestic airports all the time, and sometimes we do so with some enthusiasm, but even we have never described one as "the shame of a nation." Ouch!
A few years ago we published three or four Nigerian etiquette tips, just in case you ever find yourself in the area. You probably won't need them since Nigeria is divided between people who live in abject poverty and super-mega billionaires who go there to party, confident that they can engage in insane bacchanalian debauchery and then bribe their way out of any potential trouble. But just in case you do have to hop there for business or whatever, we wanted to have you covered.
And now we can add one more entry to the do/don't do list: "don't steal towels from hotels." Apparently one woman tried, and has been sentenced to three months in jail because of it. The alternative is to pay $20, which frankly sounds like a better deal, but salaries in Nigeria are so low that it might not be worth it just from a missed wages point of view.