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...

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