A man who was born before the first aircraft was flown (or let alone dreamed of) flew from India to England yesterday onboard an Etihad aircraft. The 124-year-old Indian man traveled without assistance from the crew, happy to pose with his young fans (some well into their 50s and 60s!).
What are the details?
It seemed like another normal day for Etihad cabin crew helping passengers from India fly onwards to London,y noticed a mistake on one passenger’s passport. That instead of saying the 1900s, it said 1800s for the birth century.
The passenger, Swami Sivananda, has claimed to be the oldest man alive at 124 years old and his passport seems to reflect this fact. Needless to say, if true, it is quite fascinating that this man has lived through three centuries, from the birth of aviation to today’s golden age of travel*
Mr. Sivananda traveled from India via Abu Dubai to London, onboard an Etihad A320 and then an A380. It is not known what class he flew in, but we like to think that of everyone on board he was the most likely to be upgraded. He is planning on meeting followers of his practice in Europe and will return the same route next week.
Etihad was more than happy to help the living legend make his journey.
“As long as you’re fit to fly, there really is no age limit to air travel. Etihad flies people of all ages every day, from the youngest infants to centenarians, and we are committed to ensuring that all our guests are well looked after,” an Etihad spokesperson said in a statement to Khaleej Times.
The old monk has said his longevity has come from no sex, no spices and plentiful yoga practice every day.
Is the passenger really 124 years old?
The oldest recorded living man was 116 years and 54 days old. This would place Mr. Sivananda at least eight years older and he doesn’t look like he is slowing down at all. The source of his date of birth appears to be from a temple registry from rural India and is almost impossible to verify. It appears that the basis of his yogi following is on his longevity and to claim otherwise would imply that his methods don’t work.
In some sources, those that have interacted with the surprisingly spritely old man have said he looks 80-90 years old.
1896 Born 124 year old Swami Sivananda fitness stuns people of Abu Dhabi when he arrived at the International Airport from Varanasi, India pic.twitter.com/Bh2iXe6PFF
— Rosy (@rose_k01) 7 October 2019
We will leave it up to the readers to decide.
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