India's flight of the imagination

Adam Ferguson for TIME

Passengers aboard Gupta's grounded Airbus learn the basics of air travel

Lost luggage. Frustrating delays. Bad food. It's hard to get too excited about flying these days. Hard, that is, unless you've just boarded the Airbus A300 owned by former Indian Airlines engineer B.C. Gupta. Take, for example, the safety demonstration. After asking for a volunteer from the 120 or so kids crammed, some two to a seat, in the plane's economy-class cabin, flight attendant Ridhi Sehgal explains how the oxygen masks work. A plastic deck chair appears and Sehgal helps the volunteer, a worried-looking boy of 7, up onto it so that the other passengers can see him. "This...

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