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Dear Mrs Henshaw,

I am an Ethiopian living in Germany.

Thank you for the information you post from Ethiopia.I enjoyed reading them.

Such encounters as in ur return from Axum might not be the last one.In my opinion,Ethiopian Airlines has to apologise for its delay formally.

Anyways, i thank you again for your posts and wish you the best in your job.

With regards

Mrs Henshaw


I was struck by your pompous statement about not getting preferential treatment. Tell me why you deserve preferential treatment. What makes you better than the native Ethiopians?


I think you've missed my point. I meant that we as a group (all of the people on the original flight - both Ethiopians and ferenji) were never given priority. Other passengers arrived at the airport and managed to get on flights to Addis while we were just left watching them board. I gather that normally delayed passengers would get priority new passengers.


If that was your point I withdraw my statement and apologize. Although not excusable, it would be helpful for you to understand that the event in Axum was huge. It was a logistical nightmare for the Ethiopian Airlines. Imagine all those people descending to Axum in an unprecedented manner. It does put stress on the airline.

Ethiopian Airlines should have been more forthcoming. I know they are not very good about being transparent. They need to improve on that aspect. I am sure you would not have been as frustrated if they were up front about the situation.



As a journalist, I don't think it would be so wrong if Amber & Co. get a priority.
I think we should dispose of this racism and other crappy thinking out of our mind. If it wasn't for Amber and coworkers, we wouldn't have been able follow the historic event as well as we had. The other think that these journalists may have some time sensitive work elsewhere, which also justifies them getting priority.

p.s. I'm a habesha


I respectfully disagree with BH's assessment that journalists deserve” priority." I think you meant to say preference by the way.

Secondly, your assertion that we need to eliminate the crutches of yelling racism is totally unwarranted and out of place. it does not fit in with what anybody has stated.

Quite frankly you do not sound like a journalist and I have my doubts you are an Ethiopian. That is my opinion. As a so called journalist, I have no doubt you will respect my right to express my doubt.



That is a classic Ethio-Airlines story, although painfull at the time, sounds like a great story in hindsight. I'd say of my 10 or so flights that I have taken on EA about half of them have turned into major problems; including planes not showing up and reservations lost.

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