Sometimes I have to remind myself that this is really the 21st century.
State-run Nepal Airlines employed a quaintly traditional maintenance technique when one of its two Boeing 757s had mechanical problems in recent weeks.
Airline officials stood in front of the troublesome plane and “sacrificed two goats to appease Akash Bhairab, the Hindu sky god.”
No, I am not making this up. The photo, which appears in Qatar’s Gulf Times, shows the Airlines’ officials prepping the hapless goat for the occasion.
“‘The snag in the plane has now been fixed and the aircraft has resumed its flights,’ said Raju K.C., a senior airline official, without explaining what the problem had been,” according to a Reuters story.
Now that’s reassuring.
Actually, PETA might well give them a pass (or maybe not). Because it’s multicultural, we mustn’t judge. As Christiane Amanpour might say, who amongst us can truthfully say that he thinks that ours is the superior culture because we don’t sacrifice goats to enhance jet aircraft performance?