Everyone knows the items that you cannot take through airport security, But what if a bear gets into the airport? that’s what has happened in Russia. What is forbidden in Airport Security are like Liquid over 100ml, knives, weapons, radioactive materials, etc.. But thanks for an incident in Russia we have one more item to add… bears.
What are the details?
Yelizovo airport is the main aircraft hub for access to the Kamchatka peninsula, situated on the Far East Russian Pacific coast. Because of its remote nature, occasionally wild animals wander into town.
In this case, a curious brown bear decided that he would like to visit the airport and wandered through the personal access gate. Startling security and causing the airport to go into lockdown.
‘Report about a brown bear, walking in the early hours around the city airport was received by Yelizovo ground service. The bear was also seen next to a fuel station and the headquarters of Yelizovo aviation enterprise’, said a statement from the administration of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the Siberian Times.
Passengers who were waiting to enter the airport for a full flight to Moscow were told to stay away from the dangerous creature. Security locked the main terminal building (which is rather small) and flights were delayed until armed animal rangers could arrive to deal with the situation.
A security guard, to monitors access to the airstrip, remarked “Look who we have here at 5.30am. And without ID, too!” when reporting it to the press.
What is Yelizovo Airport?
As we mentioned above, Yelizovo airport is the main access airport to the dramatic, volcano filled Kamchatka peninsula.
Currently, five airlines serve the airport. Aurora, Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise, Rossiya Airlines, S7 Airlines, and Yakutia Airlines. These aircraft are mostly run on routes to either remote towns in the region, or domestic destinations such as the city of Vladivostok and Moscow.
However, it would be amiss to not mention that Yakutia Airlines actually operates full international services from the airport to Tokyo and Anchorage, Alaska.
The airport is currently having its runway extended and a new terminal building being built.
Wait…what happened to the bear?
The best part of this story? So far rangers have not been able to find the bear. After this moment, the bear wandered between hangers and the runway and vanished. There have been several sightings since but no luck!
Whilst it is very likely that the bear simply moved on to the forest next to the airport. We at Simple Flying like to think he promptly boarded a flight and joined us in the world of aviation!