Brown Bear Made it Through Security at a Russian Airport

The Doha airport features a giant Teddy Bear sculpture that’s 23 feet tall, weights 20 tons and is made out of bronze. It had previously been displayed in front of the Seagram’s Building on Park Avenue in New York.

A real bear made its way through security earlier this month at the Yelizovo airport in Far East Russia which offers service from oneworld member S7 Airlines, Yakutia Airlines, Rossiya Airlines, Aurora, and Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise.

The beast was filmed by CCTV cameras walking through the personnel’s security gate.

‘Look who we have here at 5.30am. And without ID, too!’ – says a security guard as he watches the animal confidently walking past his booth.

Residents and visitors in regional capital Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky were informed about the wanderlust animal, and asked to take extra care when traveling to and from the airport.

A kangaroo once showed up at the airport in Melbourne, Australia. The Kathmandu airport had to be shut down when a leopard got out onto the runway. Polar bears halted airport operations in Barrow, Alaska once but I don’t ever recall flights being interrupted by brown bears.

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