You officially don’t need to be embarrassed for forgetting that you packed a 5 ounce container of liquid or a pair of tweezers in your check in luggage at the airport. Especially if flying Virgin Atlantic. Virgin just released a summary from their recent survey conducted by staff at all 32 airports with Virgin terminals. They asked check in staff,
What is the strangest thing a passenger has tried to check in for a flight?
Virgin didn’t rank the items (so we don’t know what they think is the strangest) but the list includes: a tarantula, dead cow, cutlery stolen from a previous Virgin Flight, a bathtub, car engine, and oh yes, a coconut tree.
Greg Dawson, Director of Corporate Communications, explained on their website that for Virgin-Atlantic staff, these weird items help some customers stand out from the many people they help every day. Dawson implied that the staff actually kind of enjoys the crazy attempts at check in,
Virgin Atlantic check in staff see thousands of passengers on a daily basis but every now and then, a passenger will arrive at check in with something you would never expect – it certainly brightens up their day.
This survey is the second done by the comapny this year, the first asked, “What is the most bizarre question asked on a flight.” Cabin crew cited that passengers often ask them to open windows and, “Please can the captain stop the turbulence?”. Oh boy.