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DUBAI – Passengers of Air India will not be allowed to board their flight if they carry cans of Zamzam water on its single-aisle planes, the airline announced on Sunday (July 7).
Passengers, however, can carry cans of the holy water in Air India’s wide-body planes. The ban is in effect until September 15.
The national carrier of India said that the move to ban Zamzam cans of water is to “ensure in-flight safety and due to limited space constraints”.
According to a circular issued by Air India, Zamzam cans will not be allowed on flights AI966 – Jeddah, Hyderabad, Mumbai – and on the Jeddah-Cochin AI964 flight.
Some pilgrims bring Zamzam water upon returning home from Makkah. The water is taken from the Zamzam well, which Muslims believe is a miraculous source of water from Allah.
In the UAE, it is illegal to sell Zamzam water. The Saudi government has also banned the commercial export of Zamzam water from the kingdom. ICA/Expat Media
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