Evacuation of people from Egypt: the abuse scandals and the mess
While no official data on the causes of the fall of the Russian aircraft in Egypt, no. But are beginning to sound like the version of the attack. There is a theory that the bomb could be put into the luggage using the incompetence of the Egyptian airport workers. So does this mean we learn in the near future. But many countries, including Russia, have decided to suspend the investigation soih airlines flying to Egypt, and the tourists return home. According to the Federal Agency for Tourism in Egypt is now at 80 thousand Russians. But this is only a rest, there are those who work there, live, and their tens of thousands.
Return of tourists takes place in an emergency mode. I care about their safety assessment not all tourists. Those who do not fall, do not hurry to take the tour. And the rest are afraid of nothing and suddenly resent the inconvenience. As you've probably heard, they were not allowed to take luggage, carry-on baggage only. It is understandable, one version of the accident - a bomb in a suitcase. But our people will not be intimidated. His odds and ends more important than security. According to eyewitnesses evacuation accompanied by insults, scandals and a crush ....
Yesterday came back from Hurghada Olga Kalinichenko, journalist Autoradio. I asked her to tell me what is happening in Egypt and how the evacuation.
Next, the text and all photos by Olga:
We flew to Hurghada on the day after the tragedy of the A321. As no surprise, but no panic among tourists. When the same people were in the hotel, then generally disconnected from the news and completely gave himself leave.
The fact that the tourists will be evacuated and flights canceled, vacationers have learned from the nightly news (someone they still turned on). But the hotel all calmed, said that all fly their flights, as scheduled tour. And continue a normal schedule and facilities: breakfast, charging, cocktails, dinner, bathing, dinner, disco ... But the hotel staff news reached more quickly greatly upset.
- Works in Egypt now is not present, the only area where you can earn money - it's tourism, - complained to me animator Mohammed. - I'm a lawyer by training and worked as an animator, a friend of mine - a doctor, he is now working vendor. If within a month in Egypt there will be no Russian tourists, tourism, too, will not. I have to look for a new country. And where can I go? In Turkey, Tunisia - not the season, in the United Arab Emirates to go, I can not either. Can you, in Russia?
And Mohamed is not alone, thousands of people like him. Where do they go when there is no work, no money, food? In general, at least join the refugees who are flooding Europe ...
But what these people did not take away, it's optimism. The next day, after our conversation, Muhamed and his colleagues continued rehearsing dances for the New Year's holiday program.
- What if the situation changes and you come back? We must be ready ... - explained to me an animator.
Hotel Administrator Alain all in tears. She is married to an Egyptian, lives and works in Hurghada, as well as thousands of Russian women. In Russia, she mom predinfarktnom condition requires that the daughter immediately returned. But Allen did not want to throw her husband. Although she realizes that her work will not be here soon. Soon will drive the group to Ukrainian tourists, but they are few.
On the eve of the scheduled tour departure with us he met a representative of the travel agency and said that everything is on schedule, and that is it will be possible to take only hand luggage of 10 kg. We are inundated him with questions, to which he had one answer, "I do not know." Vkontakte is already late in the evening it was reported by the Russian Foreign Ministry. It was indicated phone hotline, as well as to communicate information that is allowed to take on board hand luggage.
In the bus, which took us five in the morning to take him to the airport, were already tourists from other hotels. They knew no longer ours. Although some of them are still stuck at the hotel on their suitcases sheets with names.
We unloaded a hundred meters from the airport and was told to leave all bags right on the lawn, but it was necessary to write on the label its name. On the grass it was already someone else's suitcases. When we declined, showing that our suitcases on dimensions match hand luggage and weigh less than 10 kg, accompanying guide began to growl. Yes, yes, it is growling. These sounds are then published all airport workers, when they came to an end and the British and Russian words. As a result, a representative of our travel agency was offended and left us.
In the airport, we could not enter. The queue wound tape around the hall and turn it was on the street. First rested people smiled and joked, after an hour of optimism diminished, and particularly nerve began to take the airport to board the ship. These comrades began to jump over the railing and fences, to transfer luggage and climb over the heads. The fight does not start just because parents with children, which was a lot, just stepped back and missed the brawlers.
By the way, this is a huge queue was not for emergency safety measures, as I expected, but simply because of the sluggishness of airport workers. We passed the usual a metal detector, which was always there.
Next turn the same scale was at the front, which also started with a delay. And here we waited for the next "surprise": it turned out that in your hand luggage, you can take only 5 kg and not 10 and 8. Strollers take with you, too, were not allowed to, and just suitcases piled heaps in the middle of the airport. Here people became hysterical. All things shifted out of a suitcase in a suitcase, spreads on packages belongings, men went to fight for wheelchairs. Airport staff on all questions like "Where and when can we get the luggage," replied only, "We do not know!".
There are no representatives of the Russian authorities, the airlines at the airport was not, there was no one to answer any question or to calm people down. Someone began to wonder, where are the MOE, but rescuers did not ... People were nervous, though, but about a fallen airplane Prefer not to say: why cheat yourself. Some citizens have come to the conclusion that Putin is to blame, it's because of him they can not take away the luggage with them.
I kept looking through the eyes of at least some additional security measures. Well, at least the policeman with a dog! And no, nothing. I want to believe that the pre-flight check of the aircraft, which we could not see all the same effort ...
Employees of the airport worked, it seems even more relaxed than usual, talking to each other, we joked. A line grew and grew, and the nerves of the tourists came to an end.
All standing took us 4:00 time. I would understand if all this time, we have shone, they searched and checked. But again, no enhanced security measures there. Moreover, we have carried with them not hiding: water, food, and, most interestingly, injections and capsules. They were necessary for the tour participants diseased. We are ready to beat to part with them, if he asks for the security service. But they are no one even noticed.
At Domodedovo we waited one more attraction of idiocy. Two airport workers came to our passengers and one flight and were told that we need to write a statement about the loss of luggage. We all, of course, explained that the luggage we did not lose and we know that he was in Egypt. "This is the procedure", - answered the young lady all the questions, cries and moans. And we accepted application forms was much less than men. Girls can sympathize - a crowd of people, who with five in the morning to stand in line they are almost severed. When and where do we get our things unknown. Of course, it's not in your luggage, not standing in lines - we are all alive and well. Especially when compared with the tragedy, all of what I write - mere trifles. But if the authorities decided to ban the flights to evacuate citizens, increase security measures, it's good to do it on a human. In the meantime, full of suspense, no help and information. Nobody knows anything, no one is responsible for anything.