Spatially Challenged (Part II)

In the end the flight crew was replaced, but despite more than 200 passengers signing a statement asserting Cheplevsky was drunk, Aeroflot insists there’s no evidence to show the pilot was drunk. Medical tests performed after the incident showed no trace of alcohol in his system, according to the carrier’s spokesperson, who went on to […]


In the end the flight crew was replaced, but despite more than 200 passengers signing a statement asserting Cheplevsky was drunk, Aeroflot insists there’s no evidence to show the pilot was drunk. Medical tests performed after the incident showed no trace of alcohol in his system, according to the carrier’s spokesperson, who went on to demonstrate superlative damage control skills.

Responding to strong accusations that the pilot was drunk the spokesperson proffered all sorts of waffle from complete denial to the possibility of a stroke, to – and this is the Belly Acher’s favourite – “mass psychosis” on the passengers’ part! You see, it wasn’t the pilot’s fault at all, it was the passengers who were to blame! This is spin-doctoring taken to 35,000 feet!

And so, dear readers, as is our usual lofty pursuit in the Belly Ache department, we have a suggestion for the Russian carrier. Perhaps its time to rebrand, not going as far as renaming the airline after a brand of alcohol like a certain Indian carrier – after all, most foreigners would get their tongue twisted over a name like Stolichnaya Airways – so we think it better just to come up with a new logo (above). And with that we bid farewell until the next issue and as they say in Russia (while raising a glass!): “Budem zdorovy” meaning “Let’s stay healthy”. Hmmm, not a bad slogan for an airline!