In a move being welcomed by Indian Haj pilgrims, Air India has clarified that they will be allowed to carry holy Zamzam water onboard the aircraft when they return from Saudi Arabia.
The well of Zamzam is located in the holy city of Mecca and many Haj pilgrims bring holy water from it for their families and friends.
The clarification from Air India comes after the sales team of Air India’s Jeddah office reportedly wrote to all travel agents on July 4 saying that, due to a change of aircraft and limitation of seats, Zamzam cans will not be allowed on select flights till September 14.
Air India subsequently apologised for the inconvenience and issued a clarification on Twitter.
“With reference to instructions regarding non-carriage of Zamzam cans, on AI966 and AI964, we wish to clarify that passengers are allowed to carry Zamzam cans within their permissible baggage allowance. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience caused,” tweeted Air India.
Thousands of Muslims from all over the world travel to Mecca in Saudi Arabia for Haj every year.