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Travelling Pants: five reasons to fly business
Saudamini Jain, Hindustan Times
June 22, 2013
First Published: 16:20 IST(22/6/2013)
Last Updated: 15:51 IST(1/7/2013)

If you’re some hotshot who already flies business, skip this section. The rest of you, save up or pray for one of those last-minute upgrades. ’Cuz whoever said money can’t buy happiness never sipped champagne while being massaged by a chair, 30-something-thousand feet above sea level.


To feel like a movie star

When Economy fliers walk in, they gawk at you with such a perfect mixture of envy, hatred and (oddly enough) admiration. For that moment, you’re Paris Hilton. Flight attendants are your entourage. They keep bringing great food (in courses, on real cutlery), refilling your glass, getting you drunk... Plus, you might actually be sitting next to a real movie star.

It’s where all the good-looking people are
That’s why people fall in love on flights in movies all the time! This part of the plane inspires romance writing! Economy is for lecherous men in their 40s, auntijis and old foreigners. Sigh, and me.

To sleep like a baby
Oversized seats that turn into a flat bed, comfy pyjamas, a real quilt (not those silly economy blankets), fresh white sheets and the gentle whirring of the plane. I slept watching The Mindy Project. Only to wake up in six hours to...

Hear nice things
The attendant told me I looked “so peaceful” when I was sleeping. Another had earlier complimented my “perfect wavy hair”. They were both lying. I look like an idiot asleep and my hair, well, it’s a bit boisterous. But what can I say, I like sweet liars.

For a happy bum
Oh, the genius who thought of massage chairs! So, these seats had this little button which  make them vibrate. You know, that amazing feeling that spreads through your entire body and makes you tremble (don’t be a perv)!

The writer flew on a Qatar Airways flight to Chicago. The fabulous food, good wine and plush seats made her wish it was a longer flight. She’s hopping back on when she marries a millionaire. And when that happens, well, how do they say it? Love is in the air...

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