Air peace: Media reports of UK security breaches are exaggerated and sensational

Airline Air Peace has debunked recent media reports of security breaches during its operations in the United Kingdom, describing them as exaggerated and sensational.

According to reports published by some media platforms, London Gatwick Airport has filed two mandatory occurrence reports with the United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) against the Nigerian airline’s operations at the airport. The reports further stated that the UK Safety Assessment of Foreign Aircraft (SAFA) wrote a letter to the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) over alleged safety violations by the airline in London.

However, a press statement released on Monday by airline spokesperson Stanley Olisa stated that the reports surfaced following the UK Civil Aviation Authority (UK CAA) Disaster Inspection on April 7, 2024, which revealed the use of the Electronic Flight Flight Services was examined by Air Peace. Bag (EFB) and other operational aspects.

Air Peace confirmed that the UK CAA requested clarification, which was provided immediately, resolving the matter without incident. The airline stressed that it has the necessary EFB approvals from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and that all its Boeing 777 aircraft are certified to fly EFBs.

“We are shocked to see several media publications with exaggerated and sensational reports about this case, which was closed to the authorities over a month ago.

“Air Peace has received approval from the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) and all our Boeing 777 aircraft are certified to operate EFBs. As for the claim that our B777 aircraft does not have iPad holders and charging ports in the cockpit, this is incorrect. All B777 aircraft are equipped with charging ports in the cockpit and we ensure that all our B777 aircraft have iPad holders.

“Another issue raised by the UK CAA was the location of our cockpit library on the B777. The B777 designates two locations for storing manuals and books: one behind the captain and one under the jump seat. During the inspection, the books were stored under the jumping bench, as usual.

“We understand the inspector’s preference to place the books behind the captain and have ensured that this preference is accommodated on future inspections.

“There was also concern about the captain’s choice of runway exit after landing. Rather than disembarking at the center exit of the runway, the captain, using his professional discretion, chose to exit at the end of the runway.

“We acknowledge this deviation and have discussed the matter with the captain to ensure that the desired exit procedures are adhered to in the future. Ramp inspection is a normal procedure conducted by aviation authorities worldwide, and the UK CAA did the right thing by notifying the NCAA of the outcome of their inspection.

Air Peace expressed surprise and disappointment, criticizing the reports for causing unnecessary public panic and questioning the professionalism of such pessimistic journalism.

The airline assured its valued passengers and the public that it remains committed to ensuring utmost safety and security in all its operations.

“It is unprofessional for the media to publish skewed and alarmist reports to sow public panic and question our deeply ingrained safety culture. Air Peace’s safety record is second to none and we are committed to meeting all established safety standards.

“Safety is the foundation of our operations and we have robust operational mechanisms in place to ensure full compliance at all times.”

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