Thou shalt not suffer a witch to ride a broomstick above 150 meters.

It seems the lawmakers in Swaziland are tackling the big issues about as well as Republicans in Texas.  Should you ever visit Swaziland, be careful how high you ride your broomstick.

“A witch on a broomstick should not fly above the [150-metre] limit,” Civil Aviation Authority marketing and corporate affairs director Sabelo Dlamini told the newspaper.

No penalties exist for witches flying below 150 metres.

The report said it was hard to say how serious he was, but witchcraft isn’t a joking matter in Swaziland, where the people believe in it.

Just another rule for Harry Potter to break.

I just…wtf?  Can someone give me directions back to the 21st century?  I think I’ve gotten lost…

  • Glodson

    Well, at least they aren’t torturing and killing children for being witches in Swaziland.


    This is a real problem in the area. It is a toxic mix of local traditions and Christianity. While this story has a humorous undertone, the reality is nasty. Being accused of witchcraft is deadly.

  • Ahab

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been ticketed for flying my broomstick at 200 meters in a 150 meter zone. Those speed traps are a pain!
    In all seriousness, I hope this is a hoax. Then again, knowing that innocent people are murdered for allegedly being witches in some countries, this nonsense could be all too real.

  • Kengi

    Turn left at the next moral decision. This is very important. If you turn right you end up in the middle ages.

    • Whirlwitch

      Also turn left at Albuquerque. Apparently that’s crucial.

      • Little Magpie

        This isn’t Pismo beach!

  • Major Nav

    Reminds me of Steve Martin’s SNL character Theodoric of York the medieval barber.

    Wait a minute. Perhaps she’s right. Perhaps I’ve been wrong to blindly folow the
    medical traditions and superstitions of past centuries. Maybe we barbers should
    test these assumptions analytically, through experimentation and a “scientific
    method”. Maybe this scientific method could be extended to other fields of
    learning: the natural sciences, art, architecture, navigation. Perhaps I could
    lead the way to a new age, an age of rebirth, a Renaissance! [ thinks for a
    minute ] Naaaaaahhh!

  • Gehennah

    I’ll have to get the altimeter checked on my broom before going there I guess.

    I didn’t read the punishment on the linked article though.

  • Aspieguy

    Damn witches. There have been far too many collisions between them and aircraft. At least Swaziland is addressing this problem.