DOMODEDOVO AIRPORT MOSCOW, RUSSIA – Airport terminals are bad enough to endure without throwing terrorism into the mix.
Some of you may know that I have traveled – a lot. And when I say a lot I mean A LOT! While working for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), and even afterwards in my poorly defined ‘retirement’, I have been around this little blue planet many, many times – well, until COVID-19 hit that is.
On some of those occasions I was able to travel first/business class. Now THAT’s the ticket (literally and figuratively)! Access to nice lounges, lie-flat seats for long transoceanic flights, pretty good meals and wines…why would you fly any other way? Well, there is the price I assume!
On many other occasions I did not have that option and had to endure the typical airport terminal. Some were ok and some were – how shall I put this nicely – NOT so ok. This may sound like grousing – after all being able to get from A to distant B in a number of hours rather than months as was necessary in centuries past should be reward in itself – but we all have our favourite worst airport experiences, don’t we?
On this day in 2011
Two suicide bombers (or perhaps just one) detonated their deadly load at a baggage carousel at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, killing 37 people and wounding 181. A few weeks later a faction of the Caucasus Emirate claimed the attack.
We were walking out through the exit of the arrivals hall towards the car, and there was this almighty explosion, a huge bang… my colleague and I looked at each other and said ‘Christ that sounds like a car bomb or something’, because the noise was, literally, it shook you.British passenger
Imagine waiting for your bags wondering whether they made it on your flight. Now imagine a suicide bomber standing beside you. Enough said.
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