As many of you know, there was a coup d’état attempt in Turkey on July 15, 2016. The incident halted operations at the Istanbul Ataturk airport briefly. The FAA even banned flights from Turkey to the US, lifting it a few days later. As part of the aftermath, Turkish Airlines’ CFO was fired.
I recently flew Turkish Airlines from Stockholm to Istanbul, and then from Istanbul to Washington-Dulles. I noticed a notice in the in-flight magazine, which was also broadcasted to all in-flight entertainment screens. It was played on my flights both to and from Istanbul. Without getting into the politics, I found the notice interesting. It was played on my flights both to and from Istanbul. Some people looked offended, while other resonated with the message. Still some paid no attention to it whatsoever.
Here it is, on screens:
The same message was also published in the Skylife in-flight magazine. The cover bore the title:
I do have to mention, I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with the flights other than the notice. In fact, flight attendants were extremely courteous, the catering was absolutely on point, and it was overall a really enjoyable flight.
It has been over a month since the coup d’état attempt when I flew with Turkish. Have you flown Turkish Airlines recently? Is it still being played?