Skip to comments.In Swaziland, Witches on Broomsticks Must Fly Low
Posted on 05/16/2013 4:22:48 PM PDT by nickcarraway
Like airplanes and helicopters, witches on broomsticks must also obey the Swaziland's aviation laws.
In Swaziland, the days when witches could enjoy the untethered freedom of flying high in the sky are, regrettably, over.
According to the marketing and corporate affairs director of the Civil Aviation Authority, Sabelo Dlamini, A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-meter] limit.
So far no penalty exists for witches who fly below the firmly-defined 150-meter limit, though reports suggest that radio-controlled aircraft and kites are subject to the airspace regulation.
Dlamini's statement was prompted by the arrest of a private detective, Hunter Shongwe, who operated an unregistered toy helicopter with a drone-like video camera attached to gather surveillance information.
The arrest was the first of its kind in Swaziland, and thus represents a clear but confusing legal departure for the traditional authorities, the press, and the public.
When the Swazi press asked for clarification on the country's airspace laws, Dlamini elected to explain the new legal territory with a familiar and easy to understand metaphor opting to use a witchs broomstick to illustrate his point, because after all, a broomstick is considered the same as any other heavier-than-air airborne vehicle, right?
According to American Livewire, traditional brooms in Swaziland are comprised of bundles of sticks or twigs tied together with no handle.
And, while witches are known to use their brooms for applying or flinging potions and other cursed substances across large areas, they are not generally used for transportation purposes.
And therein lies Dlamini's crucial, metaphorical oversight.
However, even though witchcraft is something that is taken very seriously in Swaziland a country where people firmly believe in it and routinely accuse others of using black magic on each other it can be assumed that Dlamini used the flying broomstick example only to illustrate his point.
Next, your pack of flying monkeys will have to be leashed. Is their no bounds to big government?
Given the topography of Swaziland ,this could cause a few problems....
Does this apply to Hillary?
Let me guess, they are also restricted to VFR.
Taxes on eye of newt are going through the roof.
It’s not so bad - they pay them by the pound, and they all weight the same as a duck.
Hillary;...... riding your ASwip2000 stick will require speed restrictions.. (make a note)...
What’s next, speed limits on flying saucers?
Surely there are no restrictions on the pigs when they fly.
That only matters if Roger Waters decides to visit on his next tour.
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