HR Strange But True!
July 23, 2004

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 drunks.

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 upon landing.

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 said.

Source: Associated Press

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