ABU DHABI India’s national carrier Air India has banned the carrying of Zamzam cans on its narrow-bodied aircraft with immediate effect.
A typical narrow-body airliner’s cabin space has a diameter of 3-4 m, with a single aisle, and seats between two and six people abreast.
An official with Air India confirmed to Khaleej Times, “Just to ensure in-flight safety and due to limited space constraints, we stopped allowing passengers to carry Zamzam holy water cans in Air India’s narrow-bodied aircraft.” However, the official confirmed that passengers can continue carrying Zamzam on wide-body aircraft traveling in this sector.
A circular issued by Air India sales representatives said that Zamzam cans will not be allowed on flights AI966 – Jeddah, Hyderabad, Mumbai – and on AI964- Jeddah to Cochin. The circular added, “Note that with immediate effect until September 15, due to “change in aircraft”, and “limitation of seats”.
The official said, “There are several wide body aircraft operating in this sector.”