Saudia Airlines warn passengers of strict dress code

Source: BBC News

  • Three women wearing a niqabImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe niqab is worn by many women in Saudi Arabia

Some may not be surprised to see a strict dress code on Saudi Arabian planes, since the country follows a conservative version of Sunni Islam, but others on social media think it has gone too far.

Known as one of the wealthiest nations in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia also has a reputation of restricting women’s rights, in line with its interpretation of Sunni Islam, Wahhabism.

Details of the dress code featured on Saudia Airlines website show that the airline requires guests to dress in a way that does not ’cause offense or discomfort to other passengers’.

Saudia Airlines dress codeImage copyrightSAUDIA.COM
Image captionThe dress code specifications led to a mixed reaction online

When the Saudi Makkah newspaper asked the former head of tourism and health, Ali Al Ghamdi, about the rules forbidding women from exposing limbs or wearing tight or transparent clothes he said they did not just apply to the one airline, but that many airlines around the world had a dress code at varying degrees.

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