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Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Sir, your seatbelt ...

You must have heard that joke about the gentleman who feels cold in a helicopter and tells the pilot, “yaar, zara pankha band kar do (shut the fan please).” Well, truth is stranger than joke, as this Indian Express report indicates. Maharashtra’s labour minister Baba Siddiqui, upset that the AC wasn’t working on the Jet Airways flight he was on, threw a fuss and opened the door. Luckily the plane was taxiing down the runaway and hadn’t yet taken off.

I’m surprised we haven’t yet had a minister stepping out for a smoke while airborne. Or drying his clothes outside, perhaps. “Yaar, ashtary nahin hai, zara khidki khol do,” I can imagine one of them saying.
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