For your safety, please fly your brooms below 150 meters

It seems like at least once a week we have these stories come out where you are just not sure what to make of them. A joke? A mistranslation? Or just a disconnect from reality?

In Swaziland, they talk about witches flying on broomsticks.

Broomstick-flying witches to be brought down in Swaziland – Times LIVE.

Witches flying broomsticks in Swaziland above 150 metres will be subject to arrest and a hefty fine of R500 000, civil aviation authorities said, according to a report.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,” Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini told the newspaper.

No penalties exist for witches flying below 150 metres.

The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isn’t a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.

The restrictions come after an incident with a remote controlled helicopter. So, safety is the main factor. Don’t want any witches colliding with other aircraft. Or… something.

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  7 comments for “For your safety, please fly your brooms below 150 meters

  1. RDW
    May 14, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Wow. It’s almost unbelievable what some people are capable of believing.

  2. One Eyed Jack
    May 14, 2013 at 8:51 AM

    This is blatant religious discrimination. They specifically target witches. What about djinn on flying carpets?

  3. May 14, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    As broomsticks have no seatbelts, because they have no seats to belt, this actually a pretty good idea. There are rumors of a cover-up at Hogwarts over this issue.

  4. spookyparadigm
    May 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I suspect this was a joke (in the same vein of “I want to search every green house, hen house, out house” within 50 miles”), that because it happened in Africa, was then picked up on as bizarre news by anglomedia. Don’t get me wrong, belief in witchcraft is rife in various parts of Subsaharan Africa. But I suspect this is more of sham journalism through a colonialist lens than reality.

  5. spookyparadigm
    May 14, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Given that the guy’s job is marketing (see link), I suspect Mission Accomplished

    http://www.swacaa.co.sz/departments/index.php

  6. Alfafan
    May 14, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    I see a market for altimeters for the nimbus 2000

  7. AlexiSkeptic
    May 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM

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