The Virtual Flight

Bahadur Chand Gupta, an ex-Indian Airlines engineer, bought an old Airbus 300 and is offering people the chance to experience a flight without actually taking off.

As on an ordinary aircraft, customers buckle themselves in and watch a safety demonstration. But when they look out of the windows, the landscape never changes. Even if “Captain” Gupta wanted to get off the ground, the plane would not go far: it only has one wing and a large part of the tail is missing.

One “passenger” commented that “it is much more beautiful than I ever imagined”. I’d question whether she would still hold the same opinion if she experienced the security checks, queues, delays, customs and the rest of the baggage that comes with modern aviation.

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