I heard a radio interview today with a Nigerian journalist who was ecstatic that SAA was finally starting its new nonstop flight from JFK to Nigeria (and of course on the South Africa).
Not earth-shattering itself, but the gist of the story had to do with how, for a few years, all most Americans knew of Nigeria was at the airport security checkpoint: "Lagos, Nigeria / Murtala Muhammad Airport has been determined to have poor security. " I'm sure every American passenger remembers this sign at almost every airport in the country, even the tiniest ones.
This journalist believed that Nigerians in this country were unfairly considered a security threat whenever they had to show their passports, plane tickets to security. As a result of this ban on flights from the US, they were hassled a second time whenever they transited in Europe or Dakar/Abidjan on their way to Nigeria for the same reasons.
However, all this is just an interesting aside, as my real question is: how long have South African been operating this flight? It was my understanding that this flight was placed in limbo for quite some time, although a news archive check on the new www.flysaa.com site reveals that it supposedly started in August 2000.
Have I just awakened from a coma, or did SAA indeed just start flights recently?