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Saudi flight delayed over stewardess' lack of guardian

Passenger forcefully removed from plane after causing two hour delay

Saudi flight delayed over stewardess' lack of guardian

A Saudi Arabia Airlines flight from Jeddah to the eastern city of Dammam was delayed over a passenger's demand that a stewardess be removed from the aircraft because she wasn't accompanied by a male guardian, Okaz newspaper reported.

Flight 1108 was delayed when a stewardess began to read out and demonstrate flight safety procedures was interrupted by a passenger who asked her "why are you on the plane without a guardian?" the newspaper reported.

The passenger then proceeded to demand the plane not take off until all women unaccompanied by male guardians be removed from the aircraft.

The captain called security who then forcefully removed the objecting passenger and his son and started an investigation, according to the newspaper. The incident caused the flight to be delayed two hours.

Every woman in Saudi Arabia must have a male guardian accompanying her when travelling, usually a husband or father, sometimes a son. Women in the kingdom need the consent of a male guardian to work, travel abroad, marry or to open a bank account.

King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who has tried to accelerate the pace of reform in the kingdom, announced in 2011 that women would be able to vote and run in municipal elections starting in 2015.

Last month, the monarch appointed 30 women to the 150-member Shoura Council which was previously an all male body that advises the government on legislation.

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John Thomas 7 years ago

How pathetic!!!; that poor excuse of a human being that created this mess should have been removed from the aircraft; put in a time machine and sent back to the 11th century where he and his "think alike brethren" belong...
Absolutely ridiculous, this is 2012, wake up and smell the oud!

Franco 7 years ago

I agree with your sentiment John. But it's 2013.

leo50 7 years ago

I presume he was calling for a good thrashing also for those women not with their parents/husbands/guardians. The impertinence of some women these days!

John Harte 7 years ago

Men with 7th century mindsets sitting in 21st century technology aircraft......says it all

natasha 7 years ago

As long as there sympathisers for such idiotic ideals, this kind of degenerative mind sets will prevail. Its time for empowerment of women in the gulf. Its so heartening to see the progress of Emarati women in UAE. Thats the vision of a great leader who has the courage to take on the religious detractors. KSA is struggling to deal with an eroded and dangerously aligned society. We can see hypocrisy evident in every sphere of their lives. There is only fear driven into people. Its sad to see that religious dogma is ruling today and the west has turned a blind eye because of petro dollars earned there. How long will this control game sustain?

mentabolism 7 years ago

Ummm ... John, this is 2013...I think you need to get into that time machine asap!!
Just saying!! :D

Valerie Houghton 7 years ago

Love the comment, had me rolling with laughter. Can I be the one who flips the switch on the machine?

Bernard M.A. Doff 7 years ago

"Absolutely ridiculous, this is 2012, wake up and smell the oud!"
Perhaps it is you that needs the time machine!
Agree with your sentiments though.

david 7 years ago

He's already IN the 11th century!

Reality 7 years ago

Pathetic indeed John! On a lighter note - this is 2013, you might want to get here soon and I'm sure you'll like it. New pope, new Chinese president...everything is new!