Air travel is often the best way to get around, especially if you are planning a trip to another country or region, what with so many options and affordable fares. I still remember my first flight, way back in 1987, from Madras to Hyderabad. I was so excited at the thought of actually being transported 700 kilometers in a little over an hour. I had a little suitcase with me for my three-day stay. Those days I did tend to pack like I was going away for months. The return was by train, which is an overnight affair. I recall being a little nervous because I had no idea what to do. A friend of mine who was training to be a pilot had a friend at the airport who helped me with making my boarding pass and also ushered me through the formalities. Can you imagine—I actually fumbled with…

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