Check Out This Turkish Airlines Post-Coup Notice In-Flight

by Enoch

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:

Turkish Airlines Post-Coup In-Flight Message

Turkish Airlines Post-Coup In-Flight Message

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?

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Tom September 5, 2016 - 8:26 am

I’m schedualed to fly MIA-IST-BKK later this year in Business Class on TK. The soft product and IST lounge looks very impressive. Award availability is incredible (for obvious reasons). I’ve heard about this inflight note and the re-naming of the IST lounge and am rather turned off.

AlohaDaveKennedy September 5, 2016 - 9:23 am

The July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge name change doesn’t offend me. Will be flying Business on Turkish Airlines in January. Turkey has many great places to visit and I have enjoyed visiting Turkey many times by air and sea.

Tiggy September 5, 2016 - 10:53 am

Erdogan is corrupt and I would not trust him as far as I could throw him. Turkey is one of the last places I would go and supporting this dictator’s airline is the last thing I would do.

rockstar September 30, 2016 - 1:17 am

How did you decide he was corrupt and dictator? As far as I know he was elected with a huge support from Turkish people and again as far as I know it was a fair election. Can you explain it to us?

Mike D September 5, 2016 - 11:17 am

Just got home from IST last night. Saw the same thing. Was a bit concerned about going this time due to all the recent activity, but everything was fine. Had a great trip.

Matthew Rice September 6, 2016 - 12:09 am

I’ve been told by people who didn’t particularly love Erdogan that, this reaction against the attempted coup is something beyond him. Flew Istanbul-London last week and everything was fine. Great city they have.

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