Some of my favorite stories in the ‘before times’ were about the passenger who somehow meant to fly to Sydney, Australia but wound up in Nova Scotia instead. The turboprop for their final flight to Sydney never seemed to give away the plot.
Inka Fileva meant to get on a flight to Valencia, Spain to visit her boyfriend but Ryanair took her to Kiev, Ukraine instead.
Instead of Sunday’s 7:10 a.m. London Stansted – Valencia flight she wound up in a country that rhymes with Spain. And she discovered there’s “no Ryanair office” at the Kiev airport.
I don’t understand how my ticket got scanned and passed and how I came here without a visa…I didn’t understand how my ticket got scanned and they let me go to Kiev.
I was flying from Stansted Airport and I think I was supposed to go to gate 44, and I ended up in gate 54. …They checked my ticket a few times, I even asked on the plane what time I would arrive in Valencia, and they told me it’d be two hours and fifteen minutes long.
Her boyfriend was waiting for her at the airport in Valencia. But it was the Kiev airport staff who wound up collecting her. Ryanair organized a flight to Manchester, followed by a connection to Valencia. Only after she spent the night in Kiev, and Ryanair finally flew her back to the U.K. on Monday, they lost her luggage.
Fortunately for Fileva, Ukraine is open to visitors (though if coming from a country with greater Covid, either a 14 day quarantine or negative PCR test within 48 hours of departure is required). And it’s easy to get confused heading to Ukraine – though the confusion usually involves thinking the country is called The Ukraine.
She appears to be something of an anti-masker and I’m led to wonder if the whole thing could be just a cover story and she was really in search of the truth about Hunter Biden’s emails.