Indian fliers fond of brooms.
Many Indians travelling abroad seemingly find it difficult to part with their brooms as the UK- based Virgin Atlantic has regularly seen the sweeping aid being checked in at airports across the country.
The curious habit was revealed in a study conducted by the airline 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. The airline said in a statement that there seemed to be regional patterns in the requests, with loose tyres being commonplace in Lagos.
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 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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