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Jeddah passport control officer "manhandled" impatient passenger

A passport control officer is expected to be reprimanded after allegedly “manhandling” a Saudi passenger who attempted to skip the queue

Jeddah passport control officer "manhandled" impatient passenger
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A passport control officer at Jeddah airport is to be reprimanded after allegedly “manhandling” a passenger who attempted to skip the queue, according to Arab News.

Recorded video footage showed the Saudi male passenger, who had arrived from Germany, demanded his passport be quickly stamped despite others ahead of him in the separate queue for GCC residents.

When he moved ahead of waiting passengers, the passport control officer left his desk and reportedly physically forced him back.

King Abdulaziz International Airport authorities intervened and have said action would be taken against the officer.

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Ed B 6 years ago

I have seen some very arrogant people here too that try to jump a queue; it is very annoying to see that happen, especially if it does not get addressed by an official.

It least this passport control officer wanted to do the right thing, but of course, any sort of physical attack should not happen.

Still I hope they are not to hard on him, as addressing the queue jumper is the right thing to do and badly needed.

RAH 6 years ago

The officer did nothing wrong.. It was the passenger who undertook to disgrace himself by queue jumping.

Let the officer be!!

waleed 6 years ago

Hmmmmmm.....very interesting incident. What if the passenger had been of a different ethnicity, let's say South East Asian or African or even a Non-Gulf Arab, how do you think the storyline to this incident would have gone?

Nonetheless, the Passport Control Officer was in the right, and was just doing his job. However, he shouldn't have used a Physical approach, unless he had no choice and the passenger made the first move, even then the level of his physical confrontation should have been as minimal as possible. All in all I hope they aren't too harsh on the fellow.

Louisita Parvia 6 years ago

whatever...the world has a lot of problem to handle than a dramatic officer & a diva-ish passenger...duh?!?

mohammed 6 years ago

Control officer should be awarded for doing his duty without discrimination. 10000$ from me

Paul 6 years ago

Regardless of what may have happened, I suspect the story is not accurate like the photo does not represent a typical day at that chaotic airport.
Jeddah airport passport control is one of the most chaotic immigration that I have ever experienced. I have waited among a pile of thousands of human beings (no line ups, control or care from the police or immigration officers) for more than 5 hours and there were people there since the previous day.
I do not advise anybody to expose themselves to that torture.

Hisham 6 years ago

I used to frequently fly through Jeddah airport over the years. I have seen and experienced a lot of things that bespoke systematic failures of this establishment. Beating and shouting at newly arriving maids and keeping them at gun-point just to freak them out by the airforce guards is one incident. Handling Indians, Nepalis, Pakistanis, by passport officers, with contempt and at times even slapping them or shoving them was routine.

A non-Gulf Arab who was born in Jeddah.

Chris J 6 years ago

Saudi airports are the worst in the world. The disrespect shown to all passengers is tantamount to major abuse. The length of the queues is dreadful. Jeddah and Riyadh need special handlers to help you to exit, with departure Dammam is bad at any time. Given the number of unemployed Saudi's it would not be hard to increase the number of departure and immigration desks. The real issue is that the senior people and Royals in the country use the Royal terminals and have no idea what normal people have to endure.

Non-Muslim 6 years ago

The officer will be reprimanded???
The passenger should be fined - for violating basic social rules!
The officer must be applauded!