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Indian students can’t leave behind pickles, mangoes

When it comes to dropping excess baggage while travelling abroad for further studies, ironically, books are what Indian students would rather leave behind than their fill of mangoes and homemade pickle.

delhi Updated: Jul 28, 2011 00:02 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

When it comes to dropping excess baggage while travelling abroad for further studies, ironically, books are what Indian students would rather leave behind than their fill of mangoes and homemade pickle.

As per the findings of a recent Virgin Atlantic survey from its contact centre and check-in staff, data generated from
the Capital reveals some rather unique items that Indian students are more keen to carry with them when they fly abroad for further education.

These include mangoes, pickle and 'bhujia' being on top of the priority list.

"There have been instances at the Virgin Atlantic counters where student passengers have paid excess baggage fees to carry a big bag full of Maggi and Haldiram Bhujias. Passengers have even been known to leave behind books to make space for a pressure cooker," said an airline official, adding that a recent incidence saw a passenger actually checking-in a traditional broom.

Paranthas, jaggery, traditional desi ghee, sweets, refined oil in quantities good enough to last a year, musical instruments such as harmoniums and even pressure cookers are among the other favourites, the Virgin survey has revealed.

"We understand the students have special baggage needs and therefore students flying with us to United Kingdom and the US can carry up to 46 kg of baggage. We have also launched an exciting contest where a lucky student can win a free vacation in London for parents or two friends," said Michael Burke, General Manager, Virgin Atlantic, India.

First Published: Jul 27, 2011 23:59 IST