Don’t Mess With Stranded Russian Travelers: Riots, Mayhem at Moscow Airports
December 29, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)— You thought you had it bad being stranded during the blizzard in an American airport, but despite the hardship and annoyances the experience was free of rioting and mayhem. That was not the case in Russia. The situation for stranded travelers in Moscow was so desperate that hordes of hungry and tired passengers attacked airline workers in an attempt to board planes. And others stormed past passport checkpoints. Now that sounds like quite the holiday travel nightmare.
The riots occurred at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport and Sheremetyevo International Airport, after flights were delayed due to a severe weekend ice storm that cut off electricity and stranded about 20,000 passengers.
“The RIA Novosti news agency said Aeroflot attendants and officials were attacked at Sheremetyevo International Airport, while Agence France-Presse reporters saw hundreds trying to barge past passport control officials at Domodedovo Airport.” [...]
“Some passengers at Sheremetyveo told RIA Novosti they had to bribe personnel to retrieve their checked baggage from canceled flights. Others plan to sue for their holiday pain and suffering.”
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has demanded an investigation into the operations of the airlines.
Photo Source: Wikimedia/Salt Riot by Nikolay Nekrasov, 1821–1878/Public Domain.