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Ethiopian Airlines Bans ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ Bags on Nigerian Flights

Ethiopian Airlines has recently implemented a ban on the use of ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags by passengers on its flights originating from Nigeria. The ban, detailed in a letter addressed to the Regional Manager of the Federal Airports Authority of Nigeria (FAAN), was disclosed by Henok Gizachew, the airline’s Manager of Airport Services, dated November 24, 2023.

Citing significant financial losses and damage to conveyor belt systems caused by the use of ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags for baggage, the airline declared a prohibition on their usage. The letter specified that passengers could only use these bags if they were properly packed within cartons of a hardcover and rectangular size.

Effective November 25, 2023, the airline strictly prohibited the use of ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags for travel on their flights, as highlighted in the communication.

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The term ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ originated in 1983 when Nigeria expelled approximately two million undocumented West African migrants, including a significant number from Ghana. Many of these expelled individuals packed their belongings in checked bags, later dubbed ‘Ghana-Must-Go’ bags.

Originally inexpensive and nameless, these bags came in various colors and sizes, quickly becoming popular among Nigerian traders as people scrambled to acquire them for packing purposes.

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