Does the Pope have to remove his shoes every time he goes through airport security, like the rest of us do? Because that can get old. Especially if you travel a lot, like Catholic pilgrims, who’ve apparently been traveling enough to warrant their own charter airline, “Mistral Air.” (The choice of “mistral” as the airline’s name is an interesting one: although it’s etymologically tied to “magistrate,” its modern definition is “a strong cold dry northerly wind of Southern France.” Puzzling. Let’s hope it means something more Catholic-like in Italian.)
Mistral Air was created solely to transport Catholic pilgrims to holy sites around the world. The company’s motto is “I’m Searching for Your Face, Lord.” I wonder if searching is easier for Benedict and friends at 25,000 feet than it is on terra firma?
[via Fodor's Travel Wire]