When Indians want to check-in with brooms, bed in global flights

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NEW DELHI: The “head board” of a bed being tried to be checked in on a Delhi-London flight is among the ‘wildest’ items Virgin Atlantic has seen passengers trying to take as check-in baggage on it.
According to the airline, the list of items frequently requested for check-in by passengers travelling from Delhi to London include: bed-head from India to use in their new homes in the UK and brooms – a very common check-in request followed by folding beds. “(Indian) students usually ask if they can carry mangoes and pressure cookers, Maggi and ready to eat food packs,” the airline said.
“The findings featured a strong variety of animals, ranging from fish and a budgie on a customer’s shoulder along with several car parts including an engine. There also seems to be regional patterns, with… loose tyres common place in Lagos,” it added.
The list of “wildest items” attempted to be checked-in include a car bumper at London Heathrow; a water-filled bag with four live goldfish, trying to be taken from Barbados; loose car tyres from Shanghai to London; a large fridge freezer trying from Las Vegas and a bath tub, “trying to get to London from Johannesburg.”
“Virgin Atlantic check-in staff assist thousands of customers each day, as they jet off on trips around the world. So it’s fair to say they’ve seen a number of questionable items attempted to be checked in. A study of the airline’s global airport teams, from Shanghai to St Lucia, has now revealed the strangest of check-in requests from around the world,” Virgin Atlantic said in a statement.
Nick Park, head of Middle East, Africa and India at Virgin Atlantic, said: “We’ve always flown to an eclectic mix of destinations, so it’s only right to expect an eclectic selection of baggage! Our local team in Delhi and our global teams around the world speak to so many customers on a daily basis and it certainly brightens their day when they notice something out of the ordinary. However, to ensure our customers have the smoothest journey possible, it’s always best to visit our website to check what is allowed on-board- which certainly doesn’t include bathtubs! ”
“Whilst such items cannot be taken in the cabin, Virgin Atlantic’s cargo service does transport a plethora of goods, including entire cars, meaning loose tyres traveling as cargo is not a problem,” the airline said.
Virgin Atlantic flies to over 30 destinations worldwide.

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