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Passenger checks in his long legs with baggage to sit comfortably during flight

31, Jan 2016 By sameer mahawar

New Delhi: Owing to less legroom between the seats in economy class of an Airbus, a passenger was asked to drop his legs at the check-in counter in order to sit without any trouble during the course of the flight.

Bhawani Shankar, a 6 feet 2 inches tall guy, was flying from New Delhi to Bangalore in a private carrier where he was asked to submit his long legs along with his baggage at the check-in counter.

File photo of Bhawani traveling with his legs
File photo of Bhawani traveling with his legs

The legs dropped were over and above normal baggage limit and were charged at the rate of ₹300 per kg, overall costing him twice as much as the budget airlines ticket.

Speaking to Faking News, a member of the airlines staff said, “We see tall passengers shuffling in their seats all the time during the flight trying to fit their legs in the tiny space we provide. Sometimes they raise their legs in the air, sometimes they leave them out in the aisle tripping our cabin crew. It inconveniences not only them but other passengers around them too. Now we can’t increase the legroom in economy section so we had to think out of the box. We came up with this unique proposal of passengers checking in their legs with the baggage and collecting them after landing”

On asking Bhawani that how did he feel, he said, “Initially it sounded very weird to me but later on I realised that sitting uncomfortably would be more painful than chopping my legs off. Thanks to the medical advancements, this was very painless and once I collected my legs from the conveyor belt after landing, I got them attached back to my body easily. Even the alignment is better now. For a moment it felt as if somebody has snatched my mobile phone from me and made me permanently disabled, but thankfully that wasn’t the case.”

As a courtesy, the airline staff took him to the Airbus from check-in counter in a wheel-chair and kept telling him that he looks as dashing as Amitabh Bachchan in Wazir.