Airline Boards 737 With A Ladder

I think we’ve all been frustrating by a flight boarding experience at one point or another — I’ve had to use air stairs a countless number of times, remote stands can be annoying, and I’ve dealt with a lot of broken jet bridges in my day. But that all pales in comparison to how a flight boarded at Bauchi Airport in Nigeria.

The flight was operated by an AERO 737 (when I first visited their website I assumed they forgot to renew their domain, but then I realized their website just looks that way by design, apparently).


Here’s the picture:

Photo courtesy instablog9ja on Instagram

And here’s the caption on the Instagram photo:

This pictured was taken at the Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Airport in Bauchi State. According to the eyewitness, the aircraft had no air-stairs and Nigerian Aviation Handling Company (NAHCO) did not provide boarding stair truck, so a ladder was used to get people on board…..

There’s also a video of the boarding process.

Perhaps the best part of the story, though is that the adviser of media and communications issued the following statement regarding the incident:

What happened today at the Sir Abubaker Tafawa Balewa International Airport, Bauchi was indeed worrisome. But I want to point out that the problem was a minor one and it was resolved in good time. The motorized ramp stairs was put right and used for embarkation.

In times like this, it is our collective responsibility to pray for our dear state and not point accusing fingers at anyone. In any case, FAAN and not Bauchi State Government is responsible for the maintenance and management of the Airport.



“We should pray and not point fingers… but did I mention it’s their fault?”

What a story! That certainly puts any boarding process I’ve ever dealt with into perspective.

(Tip of the hat to


  1. Eh, it’s one step away from the air stairs used by American Eagle at DCA. I’d be happy to board my next EMB175 with a ladder just to switch things up a little.

  2. The closest I’ve come to this in the US is Albany some years ago. Some of the prop planes used to park at walk-up “gates” near the southern end of the terminal. If you wanted, you could walk straight to the perimeter fence and exit into a parking lot through a one-way turnstile.

  3. Actually aero is one of the few airlines in Nigeria that have provided a decent service level maintained over a longer period of time as well as a decent safety record. (And yes I have flown with them on a number of occasions over the past 10 years.)

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