Mix up sends man to wrong country
A Ghanaian man has taken a 3000-kilometre detour after getting a ticket for the wrong plane in South America.
Emmanuel Akomanyi was attempting to travel to Guyana to undertake a life-changing scholarship to study medicine, CNN reported.
All was going to plan when he safely made it from Ghana to Guarulhos International Airport in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
But it all went downhill from there as he tried to buy a ticket to Guyana.
He thought he correctly purchased a seat to the country on South America’s Caribbean coast, but when he got off at the other end he was in the Brazilian city of Goiania – almost 3000km away from where he needed to go.
He was forced to spend a week in his new destination, supported by strangers as he had no money.
The airline which flew him there eventually offered him a free ticket to Guyana.
You would think such incidents would be rare, but they are surprisingly common.
A United Kingdom couple boarded a plane which they thought was going to the southern Caribbean island of Grenada in 2014 – but instead they landed much sooner than they thought they should have, disembarking in the ancient city of Granada, Spain.
A similar mix-up happened only a month earlier, when a British woman ended up on the 10-hour flight to Grenada instead of the short trip to Granada. Other incidents include: A woman who wanted to travel to Dakar, Senegal, ended up in Dhaka, Bangladesh. An 85-year-old woman ended up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, after she booked a Southwest Airlines flight to Fort Myers, Florida, because of an airline error. A VietJet airplane that took off from Hanoi landed at Da Lat airport, 140km away from Cam Ranh Airport, where it was supposed to be. A Southwest Airlines plane landed at a small airport in Taney County, Missouri, approximately 12km from where it was meant to land at Branson Airport. A 21-year-old American student found himself on a plane to Auckland rather than Oakland, California. He blamed it on the Kiwi accent: ‘‘They didn’t say Auckland. They said Oakland. They talk different.’’
Trip planner: It pays to check the details of your flight destination carefully, or you risk ending up somewhere else.