The British Evacuation of Japan and Bahrain, compared

This is rather amusing.

Britain has warned all of its citizens to evacuate, and flights have been chartered to evacuate citizens back to Britain. Enough flights have been chartered to bring 17,000 nationals back to the motherland.

Now let’s look at Bahrain. Here also, Britain advised its citizens to leave — but a seat on a chartered evacuation jet is £260 – 310! The result? The chartered flight left empty – probably difficult to justify such a seat when that price is not very competitive with commercial airline alternatives.

But I’ve spoken with friends living in Bahrain and things sound relatively fine — as long as you stay out of the Pearl Square where the centre of the violence is.

About Curzon

Lord George Nathaniel Curzon (1859 - 1925) entered the British House of Commons as a Conservative MP in 1886, where he served as undersecretary of India and Foreign Affairs. He was appointed Viceroy of India at the turn of the 20th century where he delineated the North West Frontier Province, ordered a military expedition to Tibet, and unsuccessfully tried to partition the province of Bengal during his six-year tenure. Curzon served as Leader of the House of Lords in Prime Minister Lloyd George's War Cabinet and became Foreign Secretary in January 1919, where his most famous act was the drawing of the Curzon Line between a new Polish state and Russia. His publications include Russia in Central Asia (1889) and Persia and the Persian Question (1892). In real life, "Curzon" is a US citizen from the East Coast who has been a financial analyst, freelance translator, and university professor; he is currently on assignment in Tokyo.
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2 Responses to The British Evacuation of Japan and Bahrain, compared

  1. Joe Jones says:

    The British and American evac flights from Tokyo are also not free. If you take them you have to sign a promissory note which says you will reimburse the government for the cost of the airfare, which is not stated up front but is supposed to be equivalent to the market price for one-way airfare between the cities in question.

  2. Roy Berman says:

    I think I read somewhere that the price for the US evac flights to nearby Asian countries such as Taiwan is on the order of $850, although I can’t find it now.

    Even if people are being shot only in one small part of Bahrain, I still think I would feel far, far safer in Tokyo where the main danger is being stuck in a de-powered train on the way home.