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A very messy departure.

One lady in Moscow discovered that divorce can be a costly business when she chose to quarrel with her husband after boarding a Rossiya service to Vladivostok on July 3. She subsequently decided to leave the aircraft, in spite of efforts by the crew to persuade her otherwise, forcing the captain to halt the departure.

"A decision was made to disembark passengers from the aircraft,'' says Rossiya. This involved being towed to a remote stand, because air bridges were unavailable, and conveying the occupants by bus back to the terminal.

Rossiya says the flight was delayed for 6 hours and 500 passengers were affected; while it faced extra costs for security, cleaning and catering.

The women at the centre of the chaos blamed the beginning of divorce proceedings for her action, but Rossiya had precious little sympathy for her situation, instead taking advantage of new Russian legislation for dealing with unruly passengers.

She was charged with the Rb140,000 (US$2,200) cost of holding up the flight. There might be 50 ways to leave your lover but most of them are probably better than waiting for push back.

(Source: Flight International August 9, 2018)

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