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Saudia 'to segregate men, women' after complaints of 'flirty' attendant

The national airline of Saudi Arabia says a high number of men have complained of non-related males sitting near their female relatives

Saudia 'to segregate men, women' after complaints of 'flirty' attendant
Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia)

Saudi Arabia's national airline is reportedly planning to segregate men and women on its flights after a rise in the number of men complaining about non-related men sitting next to their female relatives.

Some male passengers also recently complained that a flight attendant, whose gender was not specified, was acting too “flirty” during a Saudi flight, Saudi Arabic daily Ajel reported.

“There are solutions to this problem… we will soon enforce rules that will satisfy all passengers,” Saudia assistant manager for marketing Abdul Rahman Al Fahd was quoted as saying.

Exceptions would only be made for male and female relatives.

Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) does not employ local women as flight attendants, instead hiring women from countries such as Pakistan, the Philippines, Albania and Bosnia. However, it has begun employing Saudi women for airport ground positions as part of the kingdom’s push towards opening up employment opportunities for women.

The gender segregation on board flights would be in line with the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic law, including banning unrelated men and women from socialising in public or working together.

Saudia also enforces other Islamic ideals on board including reading a verse of the Quran before take off and not serving alcohol or pork.

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Ex-SEO 4 years ago

Maybe start offering male and female only flights..?

huggy 4 years ago

It was already source of delay, now if it becomes a rule for sure all flights will be late take off !!! The problem is that for domestic flights there are no other choice than Saudi Airlines !

Critic 4 years ago

Best solution for this problem would be to have flight Burkas (Islamic veil) for women on-board the flight. Any male who feels that his Muslim female will be harrased or is in potentially in a situation where the female has chances to get into flirty scenario, the on-board burka will give a good satisfying, secure and safe solution.

Traveller 4 years ago

Since presumably the people who are complaining would not allow their female relatives to travel without a male guardian, the answer would be to either fly on an airline that allows you to pre-book your seats, or alternatively turn up for check-in early enough to ensure that they can all sit together, with the man sitting next to any stranger that happens to be in the same set of seats.

Abdullah Al Meraimia 4 years ago

What about the air you breathe especially inside closed buildings like malls or offices or airlines etc???? There are lots of non-related air, so will there be oxygen cylinders for ladies to breathe?
Or maybe when a lady of O-ve requires blood for an urgent operation and her relatives dont have it then, will she wait?
There should be a limit to such stupidity.

moe sam 4 years ago

Having lived in Saudi Arabia for 30 years, i am a little surprised with the magnification of this in the media and the press.
I have never ever seen a real problem on any flight, and i travel domestically around twice a month.
There are alternatives to Saudia, such as flynas and the new Al-Maha airways, so when you post, please try to verify your information!!

Mohammed 4 years ago

Why not just use separate planes?

RealityCheck 4 years ago

That would be nice. Unfortunately most of them can not be bothered and then you are kindly requested to exchange seats after you have settled down.
Some destinations (and I am not thinking of KSA) can be really annoying and planes seldom depart on time. But then given the destinations I am thinking of you are just grateful that you can make out of there (and even more that the plane makes to its destination)

grain of sand 4 years ago

how to create a problem/issue when there is NONE,

well done my fellow muslims?

AHS 4 years ago

I think you need to improve your reading comprehension... it was men complaining about a flirty female flight attendant. But I agree with you about the veil thing, though perhaps it should be placed on the men who are so offended by these "flirtations"