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Aeroflot and the Missing Vibrator

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Russian service is usually horrible. Rude, cold faces. People who expect to be paid for merely standing there rather than doing their job. However, there are always exceptions and a light at the end of the tunnel! Today, I'll tell you about my first flight experience on Russia's national carrier, Aeroflot. Working for an airline is one of the worst jobs on the planet. I know because I worked for United Airlines for six years after graduating university. Very few people are happy when they're flying. The excitement of even honeymoon travelers usually dissipates after standing in long airport queues, clearing security checks and squeezing into tiny seats on the plane. I flew Aeroflot from Frankfurt to Moscow round trip and was pleasantly surprised. Overall the airline is excellent and far superior to most U.S. carriers in some respects. After the cut, some general observations and crappy iPhone pics.

1. The first thing I noticed was the size of the seats. The aircraft for the Frankfurt/Moscow route is an Airbus 320. I've flown this model lots of times on U.S. routes but seats were much smaller and harder. Aeroflot seats big, comfortable and soft. I immediately sunk into my seat, waiting to be fed on the late night flight from Frankfurt. Before the meal, the flight attendant dropped off a wet napkin. Great! This is usually only provided in first or business class cabins on U.S. carriers.

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2. Flight time on my route was only three hours yet a meal was served on both the late night flight from Frankfurt and early morning return from Moscow. Almost all in flight meals on U.S. carriers have been abolished, with the exception of long international flights and some cross-country routes. The food on Aeroflot was very good and substantial. For breakfast we had three options: (1) omelette; (2) porridge; or (3) pancakes. I picked the first option. But why pickles with eggs!?! I hate pickles, so I removed them and enjoyed the tasty omelette. Deli meats with breakfast - a distinct European feature. You will never find ham, turkey or other lunch meats served on American breakfast buffets.

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3. I'm always complaining about Russian service but most of the flight attendants were pleasant, with the exception of this horrible woman. On the flight from Moscow the overhead bins in my row were full with no room for my carry-on luggage. So I asked her whether there was space in the bins at the back of the cabin. Her answer - "I don't know!" She had just returned from the back of the plane, closing bins along the way so she certainly knew. I told her she was being rude and she rolled her eyes at me. Сука! :) Another flight attendant helped me find space a few minutes later. All of them spoke perfect English and there were English language announcements during the flight.

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4. My only complaint is that there was no in flight entertainment such as movies, TV shows, news programs, etc. On most U.S. carriers, there are personal screens embedded in each seat with a large variety of entertainment choices. The longer the flight, the more variety. Here are the options on my United Airlines flight from Frankfurt to Washington, DC. Perhaps on longer Aeroflot flights there's something similar? I've never flown them on a transatlantic route.

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5. In America, we like to explain everything in detail. For foreign guests, United Airlines provides very helpful information about Customs, public transport, etc. for the arrival city. Passengers can read all of this information from their seat at any time during the flight.

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One real horror - my mini vibrator mysteriously disappeared from my suitcase in either Frankfurt or Moscow. What's the deal? Are dildos now banned in Russia such that Aeroflot baggage personnel need to steal them from foreigners? This was a great inconvenience! Many frustrations during my Eastern Euro journey and I missed my electronic buddy. Perhaps I should sue Aeroflot for causing emotional distress? The American way! :)

What's your favorite airline and why?

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siberian_cat
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:57 am (UTC)
You definitely have to write a song, just like Dave Carroll did.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:58 am (UTC)
I have no musical talent! I know this guy and his video/song about United Airlines. :)
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grand_damme
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:29 am (UTC)
" Сука!"
OMG!

You make my day! lol ))))))

I love you so much!!!

You know, most of us not so rude, i think it s a simple depression... maybe we don t have enough sun here:)

Well... there is one possibility that someone was hungry and confused your device with salami ))

Edited at 2013-10-16 03:04 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:29 am (UTC)
Re: " Сука!"
Доброе утро! I'm glad I made you smile. :) Hmm, salami!
kdementi
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:32 am (UTC)
I think the reason of better Russian air service quality is a little different role of the airplanes in Russia. They are most popular long distance in America but in Russia most people prefer trains if the distance is less than 2000 km. The cheapest train ticket (плацкарт, 3rd class) costs 50%-70% cheaper than plane, and there is a perceptible competition between Russian Railways and air companies in the middle price range. Probably it's an incentive for air companies to make better service. As far as I know, in America you have only choice between car and plane.
Pickles with eggs - it's hmmm... something unusual :)
I saw flight entertaiment in Russian planes but not on such short flights like Frankfurt-Moscow. Maybe they will set screens there too but now this pleasure is only for long flights :(
My favorite airline is Transaero but I've never flown on flights of non-CIS airlines.
And we have no low-cost airlines :(

Edited at 2013-10-16 02:33 am (UTC)
grand_damme
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:42 am (UTC)
just fly on Transaero, plane broke down on the runway and we waited for 3 hours of repair in Moscow airport

there is no guarantee...

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fareastener
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:46 am (UTC)
Oh... stolen vibrator... Dear Lord, please make me unsee it.

I think, this undoubtedly important device cannot be stolen in Russia. You ask me why? Because, I think, your electronic buddy is important for you and maybe for some mischievous gayguy in german airport (everybody knows about german gay-parades haha). I really sure that thing definitely don't needed for russian 99,99999% heterosexual baggage loader.

I also think that definitely don't needed for loader's wife too. :)))

Anyway, good afternoon, Shannon. Glad to read your blog again.
siberian_cat
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:19 am (UTC)
They could have confiscated it as a weapon. The thing is being stabbed into a living body, it's surely a weapon.
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ypolozov
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:10 am (UTC)
Yes, I saw some good movies in Aeroflot during trans-Atlantic flights. But their OS was awful: to restart system for one passenger monitor they somehow needed to switch of sound for his neighbors))
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:40 am (UTC)
I love the first and business class seats/entertainment on United Airlines. There you practically have your own movie theatre! The seats recline into full beds and last time I flew in first class the flight attendant even offered to turn down the bed. I would never pay the expensive cost for these seats, but I'm happy I sometimes get to fly in first or business on my flight benefits when seats are open. Sadly on my recent flights only economy seats were available. All flights very crowded.
grand_damme
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:11 am (UTC)
Shannon, could you write for us about your beauty routine in travels, please. It is very interesting, except vibrator ofcourse . ))

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peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:46 am (UTC)
Beauty routine? :)) When I travel with Alexander (blogger macos), there's absolutely no beauty routine. We are usually getting up at 5 or 6 a.m. every morning, driving long routes and getting to hotels late at night. On the Eastern Euro journey my appearance was quite scary!! Main problem is my hair. I'm sure you've noticed I have a lot of it and it's very curly and hard to manage. It also takes a long time to wash and dry it (minimum 1 hour). On the recent trip, i washed it every other day and kept it hidden under a hat most of the time. In general, I wear very little make-up so there's not much effort involved in getting ready.
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mishkafofer
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:37 am (UTC)
"mini vibrator" ?
Is this for a mini vagina?
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:47 am (UTC)
Re: "mini vibrator" ?
When traveling, it's necessary to conserve space in suitcase so I opt for the mini vibrator. "Mini vagina!!" LOL!!!
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go_rogue
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:08 am (UTC)
Я читала похожий пост года два назад...
Дежавю, однако.
texnic
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:03 am (UTC)
Favourite: Aeroflot, Swiss.
texnic
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Actually, Aeroflot`s inflight service is one of the best in the world (maybe after companies like Emirates and so on), but their ground service is still very poor.
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andrey_kaminsky
Oct. 16th, 2013 04:07 am (UTC)
Сука is too rough curse for such a small case. It should be used in case if you're going to fight.
Who cares about airlines? That's a topic for discussion:
- What's your favorite vibrator and why?!!!
The idea, that Inamora cheating on me not only with the two men, but with several electronic devices also, did not cross my mind. Now my suffering is incalculable.
vitsky
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:27 am (UTC)
Yes, "сука" из too rough in such situation. I would say "коза" in such case.
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mybathroom
Oct. 16th, 2013 05:06 am (UTC)
Shannon, you made my day this post!

I’ve flown not enough so I don’t know which airline is my favorite but I do know that chartered flights are horrible! I’ve always flown by Airbus 320 and its seats were not comfortable for me (I’m 185 cm tall) and only when I was seated near the emergency exit I was able to stretch my legs.
I like to fly!

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peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:26 am (UTC)
I've never been on a chartered flight. In general, all airline seats are uncomfortable unless you have the luxury of sitting in first or business class. I also like to fly! I'm not scared of it all and enjoy viewing the world from above. Some dreamy feeling to be floating in the clouds.

Edited at 2013-10-16 11:27 am (UTC)
full_of_bourbon
Oct. 16th, 2013 05:11 am (UTC)
That's funny)
Let's hope that rude flight attendant got your vibrator. It will brighten up her routine, so she'll stop being rude ;)
Thanks for sharing your impressions!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:27 am (UTC)
Yes, I believe it would bring a smile to her face! :) Thanks for reading!
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peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:29 am (UTC)
Re: It can be very dangerous !!!
Maybe they should come with warnings? Use only when sober! :) Very funny video. I can't imagine what would happen if a Russian whipped out a dildo and poked it at a Russian policeman.
amandakysses
Oct. 16th, 2013 06:56 am (UTC)
What about a ham and cheese croissant? Bagel with lox and cream cheese? We eat meat for breakfast sometimes. And i happen to love the train. I always take the amtrak back and forth between new york and dc. It's the best way to travel. I hate to fly. It used to be so different. Pleasant people, pleasant experience, more affordable, less hassle. Unfortunately, its pretty darn convenient, so it is usually the way you have to go. I think it is terrible that a flight attendant was rude to you, after all youre so sweet and i think it is super terrible that your vibrator was stolen. I mean this trip no sleep, no yummy food, broken camera and NO vibrator! I cant believe you survived. Thank goodness your home and can resume all your normal activities with normal food and normal sleep and normal size sex toys in the comfort of your cozy bed. But Im looking forward to more pics and stories from your trip. Loves! Xoxo
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:30 am (UTC)
"no sleep, no yummy food, broken camera and NO vibrator..." Yes, it's all true but the trip was still great. I learned a lot about myself in the process. More pics and stories coming soon, after I get a new laptop this weekend.
dubai100
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:42 am (UTC)
For a pleasant journey Aeroflot is missing vibrators, not movies))))
Do you prefer vibrator more, as a real man?

Edited at 2013-10-16 08:06 am (UTC)
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:31 am (UTC)
What is better? Your hand or a real woman? Of course a real man is better but I don't have one in my bed each night so the toy is necessary to maintain sanity!
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