King Salman's escalator malfunctions on the runway

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The internet loves this video of the Saudi king’s golden escalator breaking down

We've all been there.


Tiffany Kelly

Internet Culture

Published Oct 7, 2017   Updated May 22, 2021, 3:03 pm CDT

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud traveled to Moscow this week, and he came prepared with an entourage of 1,500 people and a private jet. That jet includes an opulent golden escalator, and King Salman was about to make a dramatic entrance on it until the escalator experienced a technical malfunction and stopped working.

In videos of the king landing in Russia, he looks confused for a minute before he starts walking down the steps one by one.

Who among us hasn’t had to walk up or down a broken escalator (although it probably wasn’t a golden escalator, and it was probably in a shopping center)? The internet loved seeing a king forced to deal with this minor inconvenience.

One person thought it was a great Curb Your Enthusiasm moment.

Maybe the king should have a slide installed in case the escalator breaks down again. A gold-plated slide, of course.

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*First Published: Oct 7, 2017, 1:05 pm CDT