World's Worst Airline Can't Quite Figure Out the Web
What does a barely functioning airline like Air Koryo need most? A barely functioning website, what else? Plus, cruising with Korea.
From the looks of things, the spectators on hand to bid the tourists bon voyage, were equally as thrilled as the foreign journalists invited along must have been:
"It's either this or a labor camp."
Reporters bask in the luxurious on-board accommodations
The ship itself is called the Mangyongbong-92, which was built in 1992 to celebrate "Great Leader" Kim Il Sung's 80th birthday, and was described by the Telegraph as boasting "rusty portholes and musty cabins," serving "simple meals... cafeteria-style on metal trays."
The Jakarta Globe's Marianne Barriaux, who was along for the ride, wrote that "the bathrooms on the lower decks [were] out of water" and "when available, was brown."
Not to worry -- guests could simply take their minds off things with a little on-board karaoke:
Before it was pressed into passenger service, the vessel was used for "trafficking drugs, counterfeit money and other contraband goods," points out DPRK expert Curtis Melvin of NK Econ Watch.
Oh, and Sony (NYSE:SNE) video game consoles.
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