If you don't believe that an Aeroflot jet from Moscow to Geneva can be diverted to Prague because of a drunk belligerent, check this out. (Interfax via Snowsquare)
"The passenger demanded a change of the route, to Cairo," she said. The passenger's name is Vladimir Dagayev. He was born in 1974, she said. It is premature to say what measures might be taken against the passenger, but, usually, airlines put such people on a blacklist, Danenberg said.
That was the 141st case of irrational behavior by passengers on Aeroflot flights this year, the press secretary said. "I am pleased to say that the number of debauchers on Aeroflot flights is falling every year," primarily because of the company's security policy, she said.
Only 141 incidents of "irrational behavior" this year? That's one almost every other day, AND they probably don't even count those that occur on flights within the former FSU. Every single flight on Aeroflot or one of its retarded offspring I've been on has provided countless examples of behavior that would result in a body cavity search and maybe a tour of Guantanamo in other unnamed countries.
RFE/RL's interview with the flight crew is even richer.
RFE/RL: Do you know his nationality?
Malinin: He appeared eastern-looking, maybe from the Caucasus, maybe from Ossetia. My personal impression was that he is from Asia or the south...
RFE/RL: What about the other passengers, how did they react?
Malinin: There was no panic, absolutely no panic. Business class passengers, where it all happened, in the area of the first kitchen, helped us.
Malinin: Annoyance [on the part of passengers] is natural here, because people are flying on holiday, but in my opinion, when the passengers were already leaving the plane, there weren't annoyed, nobody had any inadequate reaction or made any unpleasant remarks. This was a formality that everyone understood very well. Of course, there was some regret among the passengers, but everything ended well.
I live in this part of the world in a constant state of annoyance and regret and frequently respond with unpleasant remarks. However, if you voluntarily fly Aeroflot, you're going to have to put up with some "irrational behavior." Lie down with dogs, as it were.
If you find it hard to understand how something like this can happen, you only need to watch this video of what passes for normal around here, courtesy of English Russia.