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A tourist's Kashmir diary
I had never imagined I would travel to Kashmir, but there I was with my wife on a Mumbai-Delhi flight recently, thanks to my father-in-law, who works for an airlines company.
Employees of this company get tickets at hefty discounts to their original price. There's a rider, though: You have to get your ticket confirmed just before the flight. You have to wait for a plane that has seats left to be taken.
And you don't get any special privileges.
Another employee family got this as a reply when they tried to reason with the lady at the check-in counter that they had children and hence needed to board the immediate flight: 'Maine kya tumhare baccho ka theka le rakha hai (I am not responsible for your kids).'
So, we waited patiently for our turn to board a Delhi-bound aircraft.
Airfare for Rs 100 and less!
Bihar vs New Delhi
'Entertainment' at New Delhi airport was the check-in counter equivalent of a Lalu Prasad Yadav-style demonstration -- complete with slogans -- that ended with the intervention of the duty manager.
About 12 passengers with confirmed tickets to Patna were told they could not board the 10.05 am flight. The desk officer tried to explain that it is a global aviation practice to overbook a flight by as much as 10 percent so that no flight goes under-loaded (This practice is most common with low-cost airlines that cannot afford to fly a plane without being occupied to capacity to prevent losses; it has become an aviation norm now).
The explanation only infuriated the passengers more.
Text and Photographs: Prasanna Zore
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