"Child Angels" Have Earned Their Wings in Thailand
Thai Smile Air, an airline based out of Thailand, has implemented new rules which will now allow passengers to purchase a child’s ticket if they want to bring human-like dolls aboard the airline.
Luk Thep, which translates to “Child Angles”, are lifelike dolls that are believed to have supernatural powers are often treated like real children, and Thai Smile Airways (part of Thai Airways) will welcome the dolls. An internal memo tells staff that the Luk Thep must be treated like real children, and that they should even serve it food and drink. The dolls’ owners prize them for possessing the spirits of child angels and indulge them with expensive clothes and accessories. Better treatment of the doll is believed to bring good luck.
As reported by to Bloomberg News:
The dolls known as Luk Thep, or Child Angels, have become increasingly popular in Thailand after several celebrities extolled their benefits. The dolls, which can sell for hundreds of dollars, are thought to possess the spirits of child angels and their owners pamper them with brand-name clothes and accessories due to the belief that a well-cared-for doll will bring good fortune.
The directive from the airline has draw the attention of Thailand’s Department of Civil Aviation. They are looking in to the security aspects of these new allowances for these dolls. According to The Bangkok Post:
DCA director-general Chula Sukmanop said representatives from airlines, airports and other related agencies will be invited to meet tomorrow and Thursday to find measures to ensure that passengers bringing the dolls on board comply with security regulations … Police chief Chakthip Chaijinda yesterday voiced his concern about allowing the dolls aboard planes as they might be used to smuggle drugs.
And as all of this unfolds, there apparently is no representative within the Thailand government, or anyone from Thai Airways, willing to speak out against these organizations encouraging the belief that dolls are possessed. They would rather make sure the dolls have peanuts to eat on their flight.