Alaska Airlines Stops Handing Out Prayer Cards, but They're Not the Only Airline with Them
By now you've probably already heard the news that Alaska Airlines is doing away with dispensing mealtime prayer cards onboard. For many travelers, the fact that an airline would do this in the first place is surprising. Like flyer need to be reminded that their lives are in the hands of a few people sitting up front, and the buttons and switches they're operating to keep the plane aloft and on course.
Well, while Alaska Airlines sends all those prayer cards to the recycling bin, at least one other airline is continuing the practice. Twitter user @Jonathan_Liem tipped us off that Lion Air, an Indonesian carrier that flies around SE Asia, includes "invocation pamphlets," printed with prayers for several religions, in your seatback pocket. "Please do not remove from aircraft." Ay yai yai.
If it were up to us (and it's not, obviously), the only airline with prayer cards would be Mistral Air. Never heard of it? It's the unofficial Vatican airline, for pilgrimages. You can occasionally spot their yellow tails at Rome's Fiumicino Airport and the nuns disembarking, but whether or not they were given prayer cards as an in-flight amenity, we know not.