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Closed airport in the Russian south to offer fake check-in for those missing air travel

The administration of the Anapa Airport in the Russian south, which has been closed since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, has come up with a creative way of making up for lost profits. Those who miss flights can attend the airport for a full simulation of all pre-flight procedures up to the moment of departure – only without the takeoff.

Titled “I Wanna Fly”, the tour offers “a full immersion into the atmosphere” for a modest $24. The program includes:

· A security check

· Check-in

· Printing a boarding pass

· Proceeding to the gate

· Boarding the plane

· Visiting the cockpit

· A water salute (one of the best-known airport traditions)

· An airplane meal

On February 24, when Russian troops entered Ukraine, eleven airports in the south of Russia ceased operation for security reasons: in Anapa, Belgorod, Bryansk, Voronezh, Gelendzhik, Krasnodar, Kursk, Lipetsk, Rostov-on-Don, Simferopol, and Elista.

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