A study of the Virgin Atlantic's global airport teams, from Shanghai to St Lucia, has revealed the strangest of check-in requests from around the world.

The findings featured a strong variety of animals, ranging from fish, a budgie on a customer’s shoulder and an entire dead cow, along with several car parts including an engine.

There also seems to be regional patterns, with brooms arriving at check-in regularly in India and loose tyres common place in Lagos.

The wildest items included a bag filled with water, with four live goldfish, trying to travel from Barbados; a car bumper, trying to fly from Heathrow; loose car tyres, travelling from Shanghai to London; a large fridge freezer trying to fly from Las Vegas; a dead cow wrapped in bubble wrap; a bath tub, trying to get to London from Johannesburg; and the head board of a bed, flying from Delhi.

Mark Anderson, the carrier's executive vice president - customer, said: "We’ve always flown to an eclectic mix of destinations, so it’s only right to expect an eclectic selection of baggage! Our global teams speak to so many customers on a daily basis and it certainly brightens their day when they notice something out of the ordinary. However, to ensure our customers have the smoothest journey possible, it’s always best to visit our website to check what is allowed on-board- which certainly doesn’t include bathtubs.”

Whilst such items cannot be taken in the cabin, Virgin Atlantic’s cargo service does transport a plethora of goods including entire cars, meaning loose tyres travelling as cargo is not a problem.

For more information see virginatlantic.com or call 0844-209 2770.

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