Saudia Airlines Issues ‘Controversial’ Dress Code for Passengers


RIYADH: Saudia Airlines has issued a ‘unique’ dress code for passengers and those who flout the new rule will not be allowed to board a flight.
According to the code for passengers, the airline says “…[a passenger] clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offence to other passengers. Women exposing legs or arms, or wearing too thin or too tight clothes and men wearing shorts exposing legs,” reported the Telegraph.

The dress code has started a debate online, with the hashtag #SaudiaAirlines trending. One man agreed with the new rules. He wrote: “I am not obliged to see such clothing in public spaces, great decision on the part of the airline.”

Another man asked on twitter if the rules would apply to the air hostesses and a woman asked how an airline which is dictating how their customers dress will be able to encourage tourism at the same time.

One Saudia passenger posted an image of a male passenger travelling while wearing shorts, asking if the code would be enforced fairly.

Ali Al Ghamdi, the former Saudi head of tourism and health weighed in on the discussion, commenting that many airlines have dress codes. Speaking to Makkah newspaper he said that the requirements were not exclusive to Saudia Airlines but are issued by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and applied in varying degrees by different carriers.


Saudia Airways formally introduced a restrictive get dressed code for all passengers taking its flights Makkah Newspaper stated on Thursday. In a remark that is now to be had on their site the airline discussed that ladies who reveal their palms or legs or who put on clothes which might be too skinny or too tight as well as males dressed in shorts might not be allowed on flights to or from Saudi Arabia. SAUDIA would possibly refuse to move passengers or would in all probability cast off passengers from the flight at any aspect for no longer complying with its dress code the commentary added.

Speaking to Makkah Newspaper Riyadh’s former head of the tourism and health sector Ali Al Ghamdi stated that the principles don’t simply practice to the rustic’s flagship provider and are fundamental rules issued by the World Air Delivery Affiliation .Al Ghamdi said that every one airline which performs within the USA observe the similar rules. He also outlined that identical rules are often applied (in more than a few degrees) the usage of airways everywhere in the world.

A couple of disgruntled passengers who were suffering from the get dressed code rules spoke to Makkah Newspaper final week. Others defined that the rules have been inconvenient and supposed that they needed to both gain new clothes from airports or cancel their flights overall. The passengers belong to a couple of nationalities and include Saudi women who have been banned from boarding a flight heading again to the kingdom because of they’d failed to stick to the dress code.





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