If an Air Koryo passenger ignores its no-photography rule, a flight attendant might take the camera and delete the pictures herself.
Crumpling up a newspaper bearing the image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un can earn travellers a stern lecture, or worse.
Those are among many quirks that may help explain why North Korea’s airline has earned a singular distinction: It’s been ranked the world’s worst airline for four straight years.
Air Koryo is the only carrier to have been awarded just one star in rankings released recently by the UK-based SkyTrax consultancy agency.
More than 180 airlines are included in the five-star ranking system, which is widely considered the global benchmark of airline standards.
Some experts and frequent Air Koryo passengers don’t agree with the “world’s worst” title.
The airline is a definitely a unique ride, but fairly reliable, they say.
The SkyTrax ratings are focused on service and not safety.
In-flight entertainment is usually limited to the popular Moranbong Band girl group singing patriotic odes to the leader, or North Korean cartoons.
On the less than two-hour hop from Beijing, there is a meal of sorts. It resembles a hamburger.
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