KLM 'dumped family with no passports, clothes'

27th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

27 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — A Nigerian couple is taking Dutch airline KLM and Northwest Airlines to court, claiming that the airlines dumped them in the Nigerian city of Lagos without their passports or clothes.

27 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — A Nigerian couple is taking Dutch airline KLM and Northwest Airlines to court, claiming that the airlines dumped them in the Nigerian city of Lagos without their passports or clothes.

The couple — who have lived in the US for many years — travelled with their two and four-year-old children to Lagos in July 2003. They were scheduled to return three weeks later via Amsterdam to Los Angeles.

But their lawyer said on Monday in the US that the family was refused permission to board the flight from Amsterdam to Los Angeles. They were not given any reason for the boarding refusal.

Airline staff confiscated their Nigerian passports and the US residence documents of the parents and gave them copies in return. They were then set on a plane bound for Lagos and their luggage was lost, it was claimed.

The family flew back to the US two weeks later after borrowing money in Nigeria for clothes, food and four one-way tickets, Radio Netherlands reported.
 
A KLM spokesman was not aware of the matter on Monday and could not commit on the allegations, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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