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Brooms, head board of bed and more: The weirdest items flyers want to check-in

Another weird item that Virgin Atlantic regularly receives requests for is a head board of a bed.

travel Updated: Jul 15, 2017 08:51 IST
Press Trust of India
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Around the world, people try to check in various things from bathtubs to loose tyres.(Shutterstock)

Indians travelling abroad apparently find it difficult to part with their humble brooms. Well, we guess old habits die hard. This curious force of habit was revealed in a study conducted by the UK-based Virgin Atlantic on the most bizarre check-in requests from around the world.

The findings featured a wide variety of animals from goldfish to pet budgie birds to bathtubs. “There also seems to be regional patterns, with brooms arriving at check-in regularly in India and loose tyres commonplace in Lagos,” said Virgin Atlantic in a statement.

Another outlandish check-in item from India was a head board of a bed. The list also includes a car bumper sought to be flown from London’s Heathrow, loose car tyres travelling from Shanghai to London, and a large freezer being flown from Las Vegas. “

We’ve always flown to an eclectic mix of destinations, so it’s only right to expect an eclectic selection of baggage! 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,” said Nick Park, Head of Middle East, Africa and India at Virgin Atlantic.

The airline said tongue-in-cheek that it also offers cargo services which can be availed to transport entire cars, therefore, loose tyres travelling as cargo is not a problem.

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First Published: Jul 06, 2017 14:58 IST