The whole Edward Snowden issue is a mess and I am not going to weigh in on my own feelings about him here. But his saga to seek asylum is inextricably linked to travel and after spending two weeks camped out in the transit zone of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo (Шереметьево) Airport, it seems that he may have made his move.
Venezuela has offered him asylum, but getting there is no easy task. Last week, the private jet of Bolivian President Evo Morales was forced down in Austria so that it could be checked for stowaways with the initials ES on board…The only realistic option other than chartering a private jet for about $150,000 is to fly on the fabled Cold War Moscow-Havana Aeroflot route. But even that is problematic, since EU and U.S. airspace is crossed (meaning the plane could be forced down like Morales’ jet). Unless, of course, a circuitous route is taken to minimize risk and at least avoid some U.S. and Canadian airspace.
Mike brought to my attention the normal routing of SU150 compared to today’s routing–
normal routing for SU150 SVO-HAV
today’s routing for SU150 SVO-HAV, currently in-flight
If I was a betting man, I’d say that Mr. Snowden has left the airport! Then again, heavy turbulence has been reported over Greenland and the current routing may just be more favorable in that respect…