All too often on airline flights, it's the flight attendants vs. the drunks.
But over the skies of Russia recently, the flight attendants were the
A spokeswoman for Aeroflot, Russia's largest airline, acknowledged that a flight
from Moscow to the Siberian city of Nizhnevartovsk turned ugly when attendants,
obviously intoxicated, "behaved improperly." That included waiting
1 1/2 hours to begin catering to any passengers on the 4-hour trip. Worse, one
passenger who complained was beaten up. He received treatment for a black eye
Other passengers told the Russian newspaper Izvestia that when the crew did
serve food, half of it ended up on the floor, leaving them to walk down a debris-strewn
isle as they disembarked.
The entire crew of the flight has been temporarily dismissed, while a joint
commission investigates the incident, the Aeroflot spokeswoman said. She noted
that both the plane and crew actually belong to another airline, Aviaenergo,
which has been under contract to fly Aeroflot routes since August 2003. The
incident has prompted Aeroflot to tighten control over Aviaenergo's staff, she