ENTEBBE — Uganda Airlines has on Tuesday August 27, come under fire for banning the taking of in-flight pictures after viral photos, showing handwritten air tickets issued to fliers as the operator made a maiden flight to Kenya.
According to reports onboard Bombardier CRJ–900, journalists who traveled to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport for an inaugural flight to Kenya have been banned from taking photos after ” shaming us.”
An Observer journalist Nicholas Bamulanzeki posted one of the pictures, which led to the airline being widely mocked online.
The photo by Bamulanzeki and the Observer was uploaded with the caption: “ Uganda Airlines inaugural flight”
The post has seen the airline being ridiculed for issuing handwritten tickets in “this generation.”
As that wasn’t enough, the new operator in the market has also been castigated by Daily Monitor Public Editor Odoobo Charles Bichachi “for serving Katogo in-flight” — saying it not a cultural event.
Mr. Bichaachi said that he drew to the notice that the airline will be serving Katogo on board — telling off airline management to drop this “sentimentalism and not attempt to mix cultural cuisine with best practices.”
“Katogo! Why do they think Ethiopian Airways does not serve Injera on its flights, or Kenya Airways does not serve Ugali na nyama choma?” he wondered saying that not every food you fancy can be served on a plane.
Mr. Bichachi warned that Katogo is heavy and could leave the aircraft’s seat messy.
Besides, he said that many fliers are not heavy eaters and that it is not even advisable to stuff passengers with such heavy eats.
“Those who want Katogo can be directed to Nalongo’s when they land or restaurants at the airport can be encouraged to prepare Katogo which passengers can eat before boarding,” he said.
Mr. Bichachi advised the Airline management to opt for simple things such as Rolex and other light foods.
“As for Rolex, yes that is fine. It is easy, neat, dry and a passenger need not be served the whole chapati and egg as it can be chopped into pieces,” he said.