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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.Read more...Collapse )

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cynical_medpred
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
Vibrator stole neighbors on the flight, I think. Well, but you left in Russia something very expensive for you... :))
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
Yes, sad to part with the electronic pleasure stick!
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pasha1980
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
Yes, Russian baggage-handlers are in the habit of stealing all sorts of things. They stole my Aqua Di Gio perfume a couple of times. That makes me think that they probably use those stolen things as gifts for their girlfriends. So take some comfort in the thought that your vibrator is now expanding the sexual horizons of some Russian girl :)
fareastener
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:36 am (UTC)
Russian girl? I don't think so.
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krisa_rat
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:10 am (UTC)
Meals in Aeroflot is do perfect. But I was disappointed during the flight Moscow-Riga. I have only a disgusting sandwich (AirBerlin type, if you know).

Dildos are not banned))) but I suppose it was so cute that customs can't stand it)))
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:35 am (UTC)
On my night flight from Frankfurt we had delicious chicken, rice and vegetables. They give you a lot of food and tasty sweets with the meal! Meals on American carriers are much smaller and not so many items.
moonrainbow
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:12 am (UTC)
Since the American airlines removed virtually all in flight service, it isn't difficult to be better than them. But Aeroflot is quite good even in comparison with European companies such as Air France or KLM. E.g. they serve meals for all routes that are longer then 3 hours and provide snacks for all short routes. And yes, they have entertainment on long-haul flights which are usually served by Airbus-330 or Boeing-777 for transatlantic route.

Aeroflot still runs a few Ilyushin-96 aircrafts for internal Russian routes though I never had chance to use them. Other Soviet airplanes have been decommissioned, but they are buying new Sukhor regional jets, they have the same type of standard.

So the service is good, and consequently they are no longer cheap.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:38 am (UTC)
It's very expensive to fly to Moscow. On both Lufthansa and Aeroflot I paid almost $500 roundtrip from Frankfurt. I know there are cheaper options, but I'd rather pay a little more and have a direct flight rather than connecting through a less popular European hub. What U.S. carriers have you flown? United used to fly nonstop from Washington, DC to Moscow but the route got pulled. It's a real pity. So I can only use my flight benefits to a main hub like Frankfurt, London or Amsterdam and then connect onward to Russia on another carrier.
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nar_row
Oct. 16th, 2013 08:37 am (UTC)
"My only complaint is that there was no in flight entertainment such as movies, TV shows, news programs, etc."

I never flew on an airplane. But if I will sometime, I definitely will not watch TV. :)
When I'm on the road, I'm reading books.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:39 am (UTC)
I read also, but I get very bored during flights and need a variety of entertainment options. It's impossible for me to sleep or rest on long routes.
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comsomol
Oct. 16th, 2013 09:19 am (UTC)
My favorite airline is Aeroflot. This is one of the few Russian companies with decent service. But I can not always afford to use Aeroflot. It's expensive. Aeroflot has in Russia is only one real competitor - S7. The level of service the other Russian airlines are very low. So I'm flying to Europe by spanish Vueling Airlines and german AirBerlin.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:40 am (UTC)
S7, I don't know this airline. I know AirBerlin is very economical but I've never flown them. I can't imagine being on a Russian carrier where all the flight attendants and airline staff are rude. I'd probably kill someone!
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atlantis555
Oct. 16th, 2013 10:30 am (UTC)
Why do you need a vibrator???
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:43 am (UTC)
Because I'm a very sexual person, but not a whore. I don't have one night stands or sleep with random people. So the vibrator is necessary to maintain sanity and avoid sexual frustration. It's much faster than hand manipulation. With a vibrator I orgasm in one to two minutes, hand manipulation takes much longer. Why is it so strange to male readers? It's very common for American women to own and use vibrators. I used them even when I was in long term relationships.
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south_of_broad
Oct. 16th, 2013 10:44 am (UTC)
ROFL))))
You've became Russian) or at least you're cursing like the one)
Why would anyone steal a vibrator? Same question I asked when one of mine went MIA after the flight with Turkish Airline)))
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:45 am (UTC)
It appears based on the comments that it's not common for Russian women to own vibrators. Is it true? Is this why they have that mean look on their faces all the time? :) All my American friends have them, even the ones with boyfriends. It's common here, nothing unusual or deviant.
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peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:47 am (UTC)
I've never been to this region of the world, but I know Emirates and Qatar Airways are held in high prestige. You can also play inflight games on United flights. The entertainment console, even in economy, is great. So many movie choices, documentaries, cartoons for kids, etc. Even audiobooks!
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habarforever
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:19 am (UTC)
Thank you, Great!
Hey, Shannon, I was busy and coudn,t read LJ. Yesterday I`ve read Macos post about realway statian in Poland, and in coments asked him to say hello to you, but he still had`t open it. Hello!!!
Last month I `ve flew back to Moscow from Новокузнецк by Aeroflot and had the same breakfast. The world is so little.
Shannon, you use aircraft and plane, I thought that aircraft is American word and plane is the Inglish one, is it right?
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:48 am (UTC)
Re: Thank you, Great!
Hi! Nice to hear from you. :) We use both words - aircraft and plane. They are interchangeable. Btw, did you read my post about the Belarus border crossing? I know you used to be a Customs agent.
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anna_sollanna
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:50 pm (UTC)
I have never flown yet, but next week I am flying Finnair from Helsinki to Frankfurt. Sympathize about your laptop, camera and vibrator... I think vibrators are sold in Russia, but people with unclean hands are everywhere, unfortunately.
anna_sollanna
Oct. 16th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
PS I have never used a vibrator, but IMHO am electric toothbrush is a very good solution!
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qi_tronic
Oct. 16th, 2013 02:32 pm (UTC)
You have made this post sensational by mentioning your vibrator :))
I do not know how many Russian women (except those with a "special" sexual public image) would dare to write the same about themselves!

We own one vibrator but my wife still sees it like something childish or a little pervert.
People in Russia normally do not speak publicly about such things that they masturbate, use sex toys, etc.
Even sitting naked in a tantric sauna, men and women together, we do not talk about it :))

Here everything is much more traditional though not forbidden. Sex shops are available.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 03:05 pm (UTC)
The reaction of readers so interesting and unexpected! A Russian sex shop!?! :)) I must certainly visit during my next journey and write a post. I can't imagine that they would let me take photos inside. There's even an "adult store" in my small hometown, although I'm sure in the Bible Belt of America they are much rarer. I'm a very open person, so I freely talk about sex and sexuality. There's absolutely no embarrassment or shame for me in using a vibrator. But my sister is the opposite, more like your wife. I bought her a vibrator once and she was completely uncomfortable with it.
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yarowind
Oct. 16th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
>>One real horror - my mini vibrator mysteriously disappeared from my suitcase in either Frankfurt or Moscow.

You made my day:)))
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 05:21 pm (UTC)
:))
born_in1978
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
How long that flight was? I guess 2-3 hours. I had the same duration flight with Austrian Airlines and they also didn't provide any entertainment and information about city of arrival.
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 07:47 pm (UTC)
Yes, the Frankfurt-Moscow route is about three hours.
moebiuscat
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:35 pm (UTC)
LOL!!!
Sorry about your loss. I can't imagine who would like to steal another person's intimate toy!
peacetraveler22
Oct. 16th, 2013 11:47 pm (UTC)
I've finally amused the Russians instead of angering them! :)
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