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Suu Kyi got pilot's view on historic trip abroad

Associated Press Published: May 31, 2012
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BANGKOK (AP) — Aung San Suu Kyi delighted the World Economic Forum by sharing an anecdote about her arrival into Bangkok after 24 years of isolation in Myanmar.

Suu Kyi said Friday that the captain of her Thai Airways flight was "so very kind as to invite me to sit in the cockpit."

The Nobel Peace Prize laureate, who this year made the journey from political prisoner to parliamentarian, said was "completely fascinated by the light" of Bangkok.

The city is a stark contrast to Yangon, where rolling blackouts due to electricity shortages have spurred protests for more than a week.

She drew laughter from the audience by adding, "What went through my mind was, 'We need an energy policy!'"