You Can Buy a Seat on This Thai Airline for Your Supernatural Doll

January 26, 2016, 3:17 PM UTC
Child Angels Doll 2016
epa05124221 A picture made available on 25 January 2016 shows a Child Angels Dolls painted with holy gold sheets in its eyes and mouth, which were applied by Buddhist monks during a ritual, in Bangkok, Thailand, 24 January 2016. The new superstitious trend among Thai people involves carrying, talking and caring for factory-manufactured dolls (called 'Look Thep' in Thai). They believe the dolls hold children's spirits which bring good luck, wealth, blessing and protection from harm. Child Angels dolls owners worship and treat them as human infants by cradling, feeding and dressing up them up. Dolls cost from 2,000 Thai baht (55.65 US dollar or 51.47 euro) to 20,000 Thai baht (556.5 US dollar or 514.84 euro). The trend has even prompted Thai Smile Air to allow passengers to buy tickets for their Child Angels dolls, agreeing to serve them onboard drinks and food and several restaurants in Bangkok have announced they will serve children's meals to the dolls. EPA/RUNGROJ YONGRIT
Photograph by Rungroj Yongrit — EPA

Passengers purchasing tickets on a Thai airline can now buy a seat for a hugely popular life-like doll that has owners treating them like real children.

The dolls, thought to possess supernatural powers, will also be served snacks and drinks on Thai Smile Airways, according to an internal memo as reported by Bloomberg. They will, however, be barred from sitting in exit rows, and owners who do not want to buy tickets for their dolls will have to treat them as carry-on luggage, added Bloomberg.


The dolls are known as ‘Luk Thep’, or ‘Child Angels’, and have become increasingly sought-after in Thailand. Around the same size as an infant, the dolls are thought to hold the spirits of child angels, and owners who take exceedingly good care of these dolls will receive good fortune, according to Bloomberg.


The dolls grew in popularity after a local DJ posted pictures with his doll, and said it brought him success, reported The Nation. The dolls now retail for anywhere between $2 and $300, and owners have been bringing them grocery shopping and even out to restaurants to eat their own specially-served children meals.

The Thai Smile Airways guidelines were issued after more than 40 passengers had brought their dolls on-board in the past three months, reported The Bangkok Post. Some were unhappy when they were asked to put their dolls in the overhead compartments or under seats.