At the airport

, Diary

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan loves landing at smaller airports for the soothing hospitality provided by their staff

At one point in my life, I wished to join the Air Force. I have a fascination for planes and I did take up flying, so much so that lord forbid, if there ever is an emergency and you are in the aircraft, I may be able to land that plane. Though, personally, I would prefer if it were only a glider and not the hi-tech contraptions and mega-machines we have today.

I prefer small and quaint planes and airports. I really like Bhubaneswar Airport. The on-ground staff are just so courteous. The airport may be small compared to the ones at metros, but it is so clean and has most facilities one could think of. Most importantly, it isn’t too far from the city, which means one need not leave ages in advance in order to catch one’s flight. There is no clamour and mad rush at the airport. It’s like everything functions smoothly and like clockwork. Bhopal Airport is also very nice; my sasural is in Bhopal and the people are just so welcoming and helpful. I love the way natural light has been used to give the airport an airy feel. Speaking of natural resources, I must mention the Cochin International Airport, the first in the country to have solar panels installed. I think other airports of the country must also use Cochin Airport as a case study and try and harness the energy of the sun for their operations.

The one thing I do not like is the paparazzi, especially at Mumbai Airport. They will literally hound you and what’s even worse, will have a take on the clothes you wear by calling it ‘airport fashion’. Is there any such thing? Really? That is something really troublesome for me.

(As told to Aarti Kapur Singh)

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