In a small display of humanity in the middle of tense Russian-American relations, Russian air traffic controllers in the Russian Far East ordered pizza for their Alaskan counterparts in a show of support during the government shutdown. Reports are the American controllers were ‘pleasantly surprised’ by the gesture.
Last weekend, an unofficial air traffic controllers’ group on Facebook reported that a group of Russian controllers repeated the gesture by ordering pizzas for their colleagues in Anchorage, some 3,000 kilometers away.
“ATC [Air traffic controllers] from Magadan ACC (Russia) ordered pizza for their colleagues in Anchorage Center as a sign of solidarity and support,” the ATC Memes group said in a post accompanying an image of the pizza, reported The Moscow Times.
“We found the nearest pizza place on Google Maps, ordered it online, paid and gave the address,” Magadan-based dispatcher Dmitry Nikitin told Russian state-run television on Wednesday.
“That’s what sets northerners apart: They don’t leave each other high and dry and always support each other,” Nikitin’s colleague Alexander Khorev said, added The Moscow Times.