On board Air India One, the official aircraft of the President and prime minister of India, a pile of newspapers awaits the attention of the gentlemen (and women) of the media scrum accompanying him in the briefing section of the aircraft.
Thirty-three media personnel are accompanying the PM on his five-day trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania.
Photographs: By special arrangement
Heather Timmons in the New York Times:
“New Delhi: When Bob Haygooni paid a midflight visit to a cockpit at his new employer, Air India, he was shocked. The pilots, he said, had completely covered the windows with newspaper to keep out the sun.
“‘All you had in the cockpit was this yellowish glow, as the light permeated the newspaper,’ Haygooni recalled, saying it was a visibility hazard he had never seen before in 30 years of flying.
“But ‘this was a normal thing at Air India,’ said Haygooni, a former United Airlines pilot who flew for the Indian airline for 16 months.”
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