Air Travel as contested sites of emotion

Airports are melting pots of aspirations, compulsions and an embodiment of ‘the journey’. Budget carriers are status symbols of ‘we have arrived’ and not arrived as well, as the air steward sells tea at thirty six thousand feet, while cringing while counting the change. 6E sells masala chai at three USD/RO 1, on international flights while it is 100 rupees on a domestic one. 
Liberalisation’s child has been the air transportation sector in India. While the charm has evaporated, air travel is still very pricey in India with many towns still unmapped.


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