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Flying from Russia To Ukraine and Back…

The first picture was a Burger King that I found at the Moscow, Russia – Sheremetyevo International Airport! I did not have time to stop, but I was thinking about it and a Double Whopper with cheese sounded really good, no not good for me, but really good to eat… 🙂

The second picture was the jet on the Ukraine runway and the third picture was everyone boarding the airliner. In Russia we always get a ramp from the terminal to board, but in Ukraine it is bus to the parking area, I have never boarded any other way at Ukraine…

The boy in the last picture that is a blur, is the one that sat next to me and he moved constantly the whole trip to Moscow. Until we were 5 minutes to landing and he fell sound asleep and they had a rough time in getting him awake again. He did share his candy with me though… 🙂

Could you imagine all these people going through American border with all there plastic sacks of food, water, beer, wine and other illegal stuff, by American standards? The flight served, limited to two glasses of free wine and beer and the flight was mainly made up of Russians! I had seen several opening cans of fish (sardines) and one lady was passing around her cabbage pie that she made in Ukraine…

One man walked aboard with an open bottle of beer and it all brought back memories of flying in the old days. I remember when we smoked on board the jets and I promise you that these people would love to be able to do that now. I watched the vodka and wine bought at the Duty-Free area get cracked open during the flight and several rounds of vodka shots were presented for toasting during the flight home…

The girls (Stewardesses) took it all in-stride and smiled the whole time. They allowed lots of things to slide by, but they refused to allow seat belt violations, cell phone violations and kept everyone seated during take off and landing. They were vicious during those two times and other than that, hell – it was a free for all… 🙂

Another thing that I loved to see was during the flight to Ukraine, the cockpit door was open the whole time. The pilot came and went as he wanted and and even came back into the passenger area and spoke to several people. It has been a long time since I have seen the inside of the cockpit as they are sealed up like Fort Knox anymore. It was rather nice and a very very comfortable laid back trip…

This is why I love Russia and Ukraine very very very much! It is so free and wonderful to experience and live…

Kyle Keeton
Windows to Russia…

PS: Oh yes, Russian clap like crazy when we successfully land with no issues! Gotta love it…

3 Comments

  1. Diane Black June 22, 2012

    I am looking forward to visiting Russia one of these days! It’s on the top of my “bucket list”!

  2. blackseabrew June 25, 2012

    Personally I’m happy that smoking is not allowed on board commercial aircraft. But I wish the rules were stipulated by the airlines, not by government. Maybe a few airlines would be OK with smoking on-board and could profit from those who wish to smoke by perhaps charging a small premium. But it’s an absolute no-no outside the aircraft. Fumes exist and I hope the flight crews practice safety for the sake of themselves, their customers, the company.

    Cell phones are another safety issue that all airlines would agree on. According to a pilot I talked to one time, a few cell phones don’t make much of a difference, but as pervasive at they are, if you take load of 150 people each with a 3W cell phone, this means you essentially have a 450W transponder within the aircraft, which can and does play hell with the flight instruments depending on weather conditions. I didn’t believe it until I had it explained from a real pilot. So if the pilots want this, I’m OK with it.

    And I’m so happy some airlines practice some common sense and allow a few food and beverage items. Especially if someone chooses to share their home-made goodies. 🙂 I’m all about that.

    Bottom line, after 9-11, the true saviors of any hi-jack attempt or unruly behavior have been the passengers themselves. They won’t put up with any BS and have subdued anyone not behaving themselves. The passengers want to get to their destinations. And onboard a plane, they are the overwhelming majority.

    The cynical side of me wonders how long before western governments become jealous of passengers taking matters into their own hands and begin to arrest those who rightfully stop those who would possibly harm peaceful passengers.

  3. admin Post author | June 25, 2012

    I agree with the cellphone issue and it seems that many people have problems with that! There is no need to be talking on the cellphone as you take off – fly and land… But I see people trying to do it all the time. In fact that is a possible reason given for the Superjet crashing in India recently…

    Please no smoking at all! I gave it up after coming to Russia and now I gagged when someone on the elevator is smoking or has been smoking before me. I am glad I quit….

    Yes the Russians definitely have a good time flying. What gets me is that they pay a fortune for the alcohol at the duty free. It is cheaper for the exact same stuff in a Russia store. But they buy as many bottles as they can carry on a jet…

    I have thought about taking matters in you own hands and I would definitely rather die by trying to do something than sitting there and crying and whimpering. If they have abducted the craft then the plan is death anyway, you might as well screw up the plans if you can…

    Oh and your last statement. When the government is involved with causing the abduction for freedom-less gains, then they (government) are being found out about, that is when you will see innocents that help get arrested. Just look at the people that are being put in jail and taken to court over filming cops now. It is really sad and bad. A cop should never complain about being filmed. Never complain. But when you beat people out of anger it does not look good when you are caught on film smacking a guy 30 times as he lays screaming on the ground and then you taze him two or three times as he ends up dying later in the hospital…

    Thanks for stopping by…

    Kyle

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