- By Naima Bukhari
Saudi Arabia’s national airline “Saidia” updates dress code
Saudi Arabian Airlines (also known as Saudia), the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, has warned passengers about the way they dress, stating that those who are “clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers” could be denied boarding.
The restrictions apply to women exposing legs or arms, or wearing too thin or too tight clothes and men wearing shorts that are too short or tight, both genders from clothing that is too tight, revealing or offencive in anyway that would obviously cause discomfort to the airline’s typical passengers, as well as passengers who are barefoot, the airline’s website states.
The dress code, has been welcomed amongst Muslim countries and neighbouring non-Muslim countries has provoked outrage on social media from Europe.
The updated dress code is refered to within a list of rules about passengers’ code of conduct on the website and has been updated to help clarify the existing dress code that some passengers continued to fall short of.
A separate page of the website, written in English specifically targeting European passengers in particular those from the UK and created to draw attention to the carrier’s dress code, today appeared to have been temporarily taken down, following a flurry of racist abuse on Twitter from UK and European users.
The removal of the English language page does not exempt passengers from the dress code which is still clearly visible in Arabic and in all of the small print terms.
British Newspaper “The Telegraph” was refused an interview after making the offensive suggestion that passengers could simply remove clothing mid flight, and asking Saudia how they could possibly enforce regulation against that.
During an interview with Al-Sahawat Times one cabin crew member of staff from Saudia said that there is no difference than the same dress codes western airline have regarding dressings inappropriately, regulating religious garments or the strict enforcement of business dress in first and business classes.
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