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Major airlines ban exotic spices like koobi, momone, dawadawa and prekese on flights leaving Ghana

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Major airlines ban exotic spices like koobi, momone, dawadawa and prekese on flights leaving Ghana

Four major airlines, namely British Airways, KLM, AirFrance, and Delta Air Lines have announced the ban of prekese, koobi, momone, and dawada from flights leaving Ghana.

Momone is a Ghanaian Fermented fish used as a spice in local dishes

Dawadawa is also known as the African locust bean used as a spice in Ghanaian local dishes

The four airlines have all issued statements indicating that this action has become very necessary due to the increased number of emergency landings and cases they’ve had to undertake and attend to because of the pungent smell these foodstuffs and spices emit into the cabin.

Also read: US customs seize 22 snails, prekese at American Airport 

The statements indicated that cabin crew members and some passengers can no longer endure the odour from the aforementioned foodstuffs, especially momone.

“Over the past years, we’ve seen these foodstuffs create deeply disturbing situations onboard aircraft.

Let me be clear: British Airways will not tolerate any form of torture of our crews. We are in a pandemic and it has become very difficult to breathe when wearing a nose mask. It becomes problematic when we have to inhale the pungent smell these products emit as well,” Vice President of flight service for British Airways, Edward Walker said in an interview.

He continued, “While we understand that Ghanaian passengers travelling from Ghana are eager to send prekese, koobi, momone, and dawadawa to their various destinations (especially Europe and America) to spice up their foods, they should also bear with us that we need maximum concentration to perform our duties safely.”

Prekese is a medicinal herb used in curing ailments and also for spicing foods

In a memo issued by KLM, it cited an example when it’s flight KL589, travelling from Accra to Amsterdam on February 29, 2021, had to carry out an emergency landing in Dakar because the smell from one bag containing packs of momone and koobi had caused one of the flight’s engines to stop working.

Koobi is a Ghanaian dried salted fish used as a spice in local dishes

“It has now become imperative that we ban such products from all our flights leaving Ghana with immediate effect. Any passenger who’ll be found carrying prekese, koobi, momone, or dawadawa will not be allowed to board our flight.” the statement concluded.

For your additional information, AirFrance announced in an earlier communique sighted by newstodaygh.com that the airline is no longer accepting “Ghana Must Go” bags as well as laminated luggage with cling film on board their aircraft from henceforth.

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