Saudi women banned from flight attendant jobs

Saudi Arabia's national airline says it will not allow Saudi women to work as crew on board its planes
Saudi women banned from flight attendant jobs
By Staff writer
Tue 29 Dec 2015 02:06 PM

Saudi Arabia’s national airline, Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia), will not employ Saudi women as air hostesses on its flights, the firm told Saudi Gazette.

Abdul Rahman Al-Fahd, a spokesman of the national carrier, gave no explanation for the decision.

However, he said Saudi women could work in the female customer service sections in the airline’s reservation offices, commercial or financial sector, or IT departments.

“Saudi women may also join the airlines to work in the financial sector or in its IT departments,” he said.

The above-mentioned segments entail women’s-only sectors.

While Al Fahd didn’t address future opportunities for Saudi women to work on board flights or in direct reservation offices, he said Saudi women are dedicated and have proven themselves through a number of achievements in their workplaces.

Saudi Arabia is known for barring women from many professions and basic human rights, such as leaving their house without a male relative or driving.

In August, the country permitted women the right to vote in municipal elections.

The government called it a “significant milestone in progress.”

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