Passengers Forced to Stand on Sold-Out Flight

Posted Sep 30th 2010 08:13 AMUpdated Oct 1st 2010 11:11 AM

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A Russian tourist plane flew from Turkey to Russia with six passengers standing for much of the five-hour flight, because they didn't have seats.

The overcrowded Tatarstan Airlines jet took off with the half-dozen passengers standing in the aisles, reports the UK's Daily Mail.

The passengers remained standing except when the plane hit turbulence, at which point they sat in the aisles. They did not have seat belts. They also did not have access to oxygen masks or life vests in the event of an emergency.

Tatarstan Airlines is not denying the incident occurred, and says it is investigating, as are airline regulators, the Mail reports.

The flight from Antalya to Ekaterinburg, Russia's fourth largest city, was supposed to be on a 148-seat aircraft, but a 142-seat Boeing 737 was substituted just before take-off.

Crew suggested passengers put kids on their laps to make room, but the kids were too big.

"The adults had no choice but to fly standing for five hours," one passenger tells the Mail.

Angry passengers are demanding about $4,700 each in compensation for the incident, which reportedly occurred on Sept. 24. The tour company that booked many on the flight, Anex-Tour, reportedly offered them only about $205.

An Anex-Tour spokeswoman defended the carrier saying the passengers could have waited for a later flight, and instead chose to do standing-room on the plane.

"People had a choice to fly on that plane standing up, or wait seven hours for another plane," says Evgenia Fedorova. "All the tourists decided to fly back despite uncomfortable conditions."



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ENZO

Tatarstan is a Republic of Russia, Tartarstan had its own constitution and only until 2002 became a territory of Russia.

I have flown on Aeroflot, Perm Airlines dozens of times. The have the same requirement as US planes, all in seat belts etc. Never saw pig or animals running int he aisles. I think some here are confusing former Soviet Republics or territories with Russia. I know my fellow Americans are not so good an geography, that's OK!

October 04 2010 at 12:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jerry

It makes me think people should complain a little less about airlines in the United States. We are blessed to have top notch people taking us to our destinations.

September 30 2010 at 9:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yxk0012

This was normal in the 1990s on flights to/from Caucasus (most likely in some other regions, too). I remember another episode (in Nov. 1989). We were returning from a mountaineering trip with really large backpacks (you know, all kinds of gear, tents, gasoline stoves, etc. - not the Western lightweight kind), and the cargo handlers simply refused to load our stuff - it was "too heavy" for them. Maybe they just wanted a bribe ("bakshish"), but we weren't that rich. So we told the (agent, manager - whoever was there) that we could load our backpacks ourselves. And believe it or not - he said "Go ahead and load", and so we did. Oh, and by the way, there was already a real war in parts of the Caucasus (in these places, it's always half-war, half-terrorism), and after our trip to the wilderness, we really looked the part :) Guess that airport guy was a better profiler than any TSA agent - he knew we were safe.

September 30 2010 at 7:43 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geigersteven@yahoo.com

Hey, lighten up. Your rights can include "No thank you, Please reserves us a SEAT on the next flight. Where's the vodka lounge? See you later".

September 30 2010 at 7:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
geigersteven@yahoo.com

Hey Communists are used to standing up, lines, poddies etc.

September 30 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
memaw

Wonder how they decided which 6 passengers had to stand? Maybe they should have made them take turns. Guess it was better than waiting 7 hours for another flight??

September 30 2010 at 7:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
leon

I don't feel sorry for any of them. Stay home and don't go on vacation.

September 30 2010 at 5:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
whiteVoices81

That is why I stay in the USA.

September 30 2010 at 5:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Skip

The adults had no choice but to fly standing for five hours," one passenger tells the Mail.

That's a quote from the article.
NO CHOICE???
What is wrong??? You can't say "No Thanks"

September 30 2010 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Chris

I'm certain those passengers were at least offered an extra mini bag of peanuts.

September 30 2010 at 5:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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