Vatican airlines passengers must dump holy water

The Vatican launched its chartered air service for pilgrims headed to Lourdes this week, but travelers on the way back had to dump their precious bottles of holy water. The headrests may be emblazoned with the Latin words for "I search for your face, oh Lord," but even those on a mission for God can't carry more than 100ml of liquid, holy or not, onto the plane. From The Telegraph:
Many hoped to ferry the water back to sick relatives.

Instead, dozens of plastic containers in the shape of the Madonna were left at security, while one man decided to drink all of his.

One passenger drank all of his holy water rather than discard it...

Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, the official on board from the Vatican’s travel agency, did not even try to argue with the rules, to the dismay of the pilgrims.

Many passengers asked the police how they could be foolhardy enough to throw away the miraculous water, according to the Corriere della Sera newspaper.


  1. This no liquids rule must stop, it is so ridiculous. Also, it is only enforced in Europe and the US, so if you fly from Lebanon to London, you are not tested for liquids at departure, but the plane flies over Europe. I don’t see the point in enforcing this costly policy if the system has holes like these.

  2. While the War on Liquid is ridiculous, I have a hard time sympathizing with people who can’t bring home their sprstts trnkts frm sm Vtcn scm over people who are denied medication and baby food. This article mostly just made me snicker.

  3. One passenger drank all of his holy water rather than discard it

    Well then, as long as he kept the empty bottles, problem solved! I mean if it’s holy going in, it’s gonna be holy coming back out, right?

  4. Eh, the tubes of the net done swallowed the vowels in my previous post. I’ll try again:

    Whl th Wr n Lqd s rdcls, hv hrd tm sympthzng wth ppl wh cn’t brng hm thr sprstts trnkts frm sm Vtcn scm vr ppl wh r dnd mdctn nd bby fd. Ths rtcl mstly jst md m snckr.

  5. The liquids rule only applies to hand luggage.

    What’s the problem with putting their water in the luggage that’s going in the hold ? Is that just too sensible…

  6. I’m not Catholic and not into Holy Water, but if the people selling it would just package it in three-ounce bottles, people could take it on the plane. Problem solved. I bet someone’s working on that now.

  7. You forgot to mention that when the passengers boarded the plane, there were little bottles of holy water waiting for them on their seats.

  8. Eh, the tubes of the net done swallowed the vowels in my previous post.

    Anything’s possible, but I don’t think that was the tubes, I think that was disemvoweling.

  9. Jeepers, is God in control of everything or isn’t he? If he is, it would be ok to bring a chainsaw on. I guess the faithful ain’t so faithful when it comes down to it.

  10. ‘And God says, “Hey, don’t blame me. I sent three boats and a helicopter.”‘

  11. My wife and I got hassled in the Miami and Philly airports about bottled breast milk for our 4-month old daughter.

    When I finally arrived home in Philly after our trip, I realized they’d missed a 3″ pocketknife I’d inadvertently brought along in a carry-on bag of mine. They missed it on two separate flights.

    Yeah, I feel real fuckin’ secure.

  12. Anonymous 14, I got caught with a five-inch folding knife flying out of Texas. I thought I’d gotten all the sharps out of my backpack, but that folding knife and snuck up under an internal segment of the bag.

    What was disturbing was that I’d flown out of NYC in September with that knife.

  13. …Heh, it just dawned on me: why didn’t the pilgrims just use the Holy Water for what it was designed – casting out the demons posing as hire-a-cops by throwing the sanctified liquid in their faces? Hell, even Pope Benny would have supported those actions!

  14. Lourdes water isn’t holy water. It is ordinary water taken from a sacred spring. Many people believe it has healing properties and visitors traditionally have been allowed to take as much as they want.

    It is also a good-tasting mineral drinking water. But it won’t do a thing against vampires.


  15. Wow, people who think the water is some kind of magic vs. people who think the water is some kind of threat.

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