SV Gets Social Media Blowback Over Dress Code Rules

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

Saudi Arabia Airlines has hit turbulence over its dress code guidelines for its passengers. Not surprisingly, they mostly apply to women.

Among the suggestions: Don’t be “clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers.” That’s a little vague, especially considering this part of the rules:

“Saudia may refuse to transport passengers or may remove passengers from the flight at any point for not complying with its dress code.”

The restrictions apply to “women exposing legs or arms, or wearing too thin or too tight clothes and men wearing shorts exposing legs” as well as passengers who are barefoot, the airline’s website states.

Offensive odour is also bad news, the airline adds. We’re onboard with that one, although it’s a little subjective as well.

The airline has received blowback on social media.

One tweeter wrote: “Passengers to be subjected to Islamic air control? We want to travel, not be subjugated by religion.”

But others embraced the approach.

One tweeted: “Good. About time an airline takes a stand on the nuisance of slovenly, unkempt and quite often drunk passengers. Well done #SaudiAirlines.”

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s former head of tourism, Ali Al Ghamdi, told a local newspaper that the rules were created by IATA, not the airline. IATA begged to differ, with a spokesperson saying: “Dress code policy is entirely at the discretion of the airline.”

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