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A British Airways flight carries over 7,000 items, these are the most...

A British Airways flight carries over 7,000 items, these are the most outrageous ones

Monday, August 13, 2018

LONDON — It’s amazing that planes can carry as much as they do. Aside from actual passengers, airplanes have to bear the brunt of equipment, food, toiletries, bedding, glassware, and let’s not forget the necessity of wine.

With the summer season in full swing, British Airways has released a fun infographic that details exactly what flies onboard one of its 850 flights a day.

A British Airways flight carries over 7,000 items, these are the most outrageous ones

For example, a Boeing 747 operating from Heathrow to JFK is loaded with over 7,000 items, many of which have to be unloaded and reloaded before each flight. These include 101 full bottles and 388 quarter bottles of wine, 293 headrest covers, 350 bags of pretzels, 78 toilet rolls, five first aid kits and up to 800 items of bedding.

And that’s not all – underneath you, there’s a veritable treasure trove of stuff besides suitcases. According to sister company IAG Cargo, here’s the breakdown of cargo items flown in 2018 so far:

  • 26% include priority goods like fashion products and the latest smartphones and tablets
  • 5% include specialist cargo like live animals and high-value artwork
  • 4% include perishable produce such as raspberries from Kenya or lettuces from the U.S.
  • 3% include temperature-controlled pharmaceuticals and lifesaving vaccines.
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And what do you think have been this year’s most interesting shipments? Try cognac from Bordeaux to Kuala Lumpur, and emergency lettuce from Los Angeles in response to the U.K.’s vegetable shortage due to heatwaves.

But our favourite item by far? Royal wedding special magazines flown from the U.K. to the U.S. Gotta love Harry and Meghan!

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