Passengers on a Uganda Airlines flight from Entebbe to Dubai have been arrested for turning the trip into a bazaar on Friday, charged with ‘common nuisance.’ Two individuals, who normally hawk cell phone accessories, brought grasshoppers on board to sell to other passengers to eat (“Nsenene”). They were up in the aisles of the Airbus A330, and apparently found some willing buyers.
The grasshoppers were allowed onto the aircraft because they were fried. However the airline has said if the two passengers Mubiru Paul and Kiggundu Habib do it again they’ll be banned from the state-owned carrier. And the airline itself has now gotten the idea to offer the grasshoppers as part of inflight meals themselves. Competition works.
General Katumba Wamala, Uganda’s Minister of Works and Transport – which is a 50% owner of Uganda Airlines (the Ministry of Finance owns the other 50%) – has ordered that the crew of the aircraft that allowed the duty free sales to take place be punished.
For the airline’s part, it has announced that the passengers aren’t permitted to sell goods during the boarding process of their aircraft. However “some of our customers enjoy Nsenene.” Clearly the enterprising passengers selling the grasshoppers were meeting an unmet need! So Uganda Airlines is “considering addng Nsenene..to our menu for regional and international flights on request.”
— Uganda Airlines (@UG_Airlines) November 27, 2021
(HT: Live and Let’s Fly)