Think flying first class or private jets are a sign of luxury living? The king of Saudi Arabia has that beat.
King Salman bin Abdulaziz al Saud not only flies on a private plane, he exits the jet on a golden escalator.
But on a historic trip to Russia, the 81 year-old monarch did not exactly make the grand entrance he had hoped for. As he stepped on to the gilded steps of the escalator to deplane at Moscow’s Vnukovo airport, the customized transport broke down.
Saudi Arabia king’s golden escalator stairs got stuck coming out of his airplane into Moscow in Russia yesterday. pic.twitter.com/xGKYtSvEUs
— Anna Massoglia (@annalecta) October 5, 2017
The king stood on the non-moving step for a few seconds, robes blowing in the breeze, apparently unaccustomed to the idea of walking down the steps.
Saudi King Salman hadn’t even set foot in Russia when his escalator broke down pic.twitter.com/wiNemEScGM
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 6, 2017
Good thing escalators turn into stairs when they’re broken. ??
— Dennis Nelson (@1NelsonMandelLa) October 6, 2017
King Salman is “known for his extravagant trips abroad, travelling with a 1,500-strong entourage, two Mercedes Benzes and 459 tonnes of luggage,” The Telegraph reported. His arrival in Moscow marked the first official visit of a Saudi monarch to Russia as he met with President Vladimir Putin “and signed a slew of arms and energy deals.”
“This is the first visit by a Saudi Arabian monarch in the history of our relations and that in itself is a landmark event,” Putin said, according to The Telegraph.
A momentous occasion, indeed. But perhaps upstaged by his un-glamorous arrival.
he had to walk down stairs like a peasant https://t.co/KY8xUCk1Uq
— Nick Baumann (@NickBaumann) October 5, 2017
On the internet, the moment was a winner.
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Best video of the day winner. https://t.co/qIPS9AMNm2
— Kate Bennett (@KateBennett_DC) October 5, 2017
Not gonna lie, I’ve watched this like 3 times already. I love how long he just stands there. https://t.co/PEoZhon96G
— Jennifer Williams (@jenn_ruth) October 5, 2017
He waited 25 seconds before deciding to walk the steps. Not sure what that Russian music is towards the end. https://t.co/11BCXn0LrG
— Oren Kessler (@OrenKessler) October 5, 2017
IF you spend your entire life relying on golden escalators, you CAN lose the ability to walk down stairs. https://t.co/9qYJzSY6Oj
— John Levenstein (@johnlevenstein) October 5, 2017
The struggle is real https://t.co/kFO6LIOJka
— trey wingo (@wingoz) October 5, 2017
King of Saudi Arabia forced to walk down the stairs when his golden escalator malfunctioned. Prayers up to Salman during this tough time. ?? pic.twitter.com/EVHJWhOLoB
— Reza Marashi (@rezamarashi) October 5, 2017
Pffft… that always happens with gold. Everyone knows that you build escalators with diamonds
— Callie Smith (@CallieHelm86) October 5, 2017
Fun facts: The escalator is his, it travels on another plane with him and it has an elevator at the bottom. pic.twitter.com/h60PWBsuXU
— john (@jmckee) October 5, 2017
Mitch Hedberg called this https://t.co/5pu3FXT4su
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) October 5, 2017
“An escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. Sorry for the convenience” https://t.co/l01d1ePiF7
— Ryan O. Ferguson (@ryanoferguson) October 5, 2017
Nothing says, “Don’t go there…” like a stuck golden escalator on a Russian tarmac.
— Clifton Baradell (@cbharra) October 6, 2017
How embarrassing. Might as well blame THAT on the Russians too ?
— Dr. Dot (@dr_dot) October 6, 2017
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