Eastern Europe: The All-Salami Airlines

It was a clear day over Eastern Europe, and the piston-engine Ilyushin 14 plane of Tarom, the Rumanian airline, was flying smoothly on course from Bucharest to Constanta, Rumania. All at once, the plane began pitching and banking erratically. While passengers paled, the captain stepped out of the forward cabin and plopped into a vacant seat. "The comrade director," he explained, "is a very nice man and likes to try his hand at flying."

After a quarter of an hour, the comrade director relinquished the controls and the aircraft resumed its straight and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!