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World's Worst Airline Can't Quite Figure Out the Web

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What does a barely functioning airline like Air Koryo need most? A barely functioning website, what else? Plus, cruising with Korea.

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The Associated Press, which recently opened its first bureau in Pyongyang, reported that "Some 500 North Koreans, about half dressed in dark workers' clothes and the others in office and traditional attire, waved off the ship in a choreographed performance on the potholed dock."

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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