Crew Stories at 36,000 Feet

British Airways does a great job of capturing the life of the crew through its 'Fueled by Love' video

I must have been about four years old – an aggravated little child, furious at being strapped into an airplane seat. I bawled my eyes out, with my mother desperately trying to comfort me. That’s when a British Airways flight crew member came over to me with a colouring book and a box of crayons – and proceeded to spend an hour patiently colouring with me. She taught me how to draw an airplane. Inspired, I covered my sheet of paper with thousands of lopsided little airplane drawings and enjoyed the rest of the journey.

What a special memory.

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An ode to the crew

As someone in love with air planes and flying, I always make it a point to chat with the crew on duty. It’s great fun to hear their inspiring stories and globe-trotting adventures. I am always struck by how friendly and sensitive crew members are – keeping in mind the smallest preferences and requests of passengers.

It’s amazing how versatile they are – I’ve seen crew members do everything from take care of ailing passengers to entertain children with funny faces. There have been times when I slept through a meal, only to wake up to a tissue with the words “Hot food waiting! :D” scribbled on

Fueled by Love

The recent British Airways ‘Fueled by Love’ video has got to be the sweetest thing I’ve seen in a while. It’s such a touching story, you can’t help but love every moment of it (and fall in love with the characters). It is true that crew members often form deep bonds with passengers at 36,000 feet above the clouds – bonds that transcend all geographic boundaries. Up there, we are all family.

In case you haven’t seen the Fueled By Love video yet, here it is (really, do you live under a rock?!)Image2

British Airways has been flying to India for over 90 years and currently operates 49 flights a week from London Heathrow to five cities – New Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bengaluru and Hyderabad. 

This piece has been written in collaboration with British Airways.

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A journalist, intrepid traveler and occasional doodler, I love wandering off the beaten path. Is it any wonder then that my favourite place in the world is the window seat of an airplane?


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