United Airlines delays flight over alleged security breach

United Nigeria Airlines says there will be some disruptions in its scheduled flight operations, due to a suspected security breach at the Muritala Muhammed Airport Two (MMA2), Lagos.

Achilleus-Chud Uchegbu, the airline‘s head of corporate communications, disclosed this in a statement on Sunday in Lagos.

Uchegbu said some flights will be delayed because a middle-aged man was apprehended and taken for interrogation after he was found in one of its parked aircraft in the early hours of Sunday.

According to him, due to the breach, flights will be rescheduled to accommodate the investigation.

“During preflight inspection this morning, a stowaway was found in one of our aircraft parked at MMA2 Ikeja,” he said.

“The middle-aged man, who looked unkempt and is suspected to be unconscious, was arrested and taken in for interrogation.

“The aircraft last operated Abuja-Lagos at 7.30 p.m. on September 3 and was securely parked at the apron following a post-flight inspection.

“FAAN AVSEC and Bi-Courtney security services are on the ground and an investigation has opened into this security breach at MMA2.

“The affected aircraft are being screened and prepared for service in accordance with United Nigeria Airlines’ strict security and operating standards.

“Meanwhile, the development will result in rescheduling of some flights to accommodate the investigations.”

The airline said it regretted the delay the incident would cause its customers whose scheduled flight would be affected.