That however does not mean that all plane rides are the same. Most are. But if you are not a pilot or a flight attendant and still averaging 50 flights a year, you can come up with at least a small list of unforgettable flying moments. I remember most of the the times I've been generously upgraded to first-class especially on long-haul flights.Though, those memories are a bit pale compared to the time we were about to touchdown and the pilot aborted the landing and the plane took off again. But, flying is still my favourite way of travelling. Its quick, convenient, it can take you across long distances. And as a pilot's daughter I also know - it is the safest! Though, I have had my moments of cynicism.
In 2006, I was summoned to Dhaka to do a presentation to travel agents there. For those of you who do not know where this city is – it is the capital of Bangladesh – yes that tiny little country located on the north-east of India (the same one that thrashes India in cricket)! Anyway, while I toyed with the idea of flying business class - that was all of US$40 more than the economy fare - my travel agent went ahead and issued my ticket.
The inside of the aircraft was imaginatively done up – the air vents were stuck with brown tape – definitely a first for me. When the engines started and the aircon was switched on, the moisture collected around the air-vent and started to drip. A child in the plane said to his mother – “look mama it’s raining inside the plane!”