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Saudia Airlines refuses to fly passengers who expose arms or legs

The Independent logo The Independent 10/08/2017 Ravneet Ahluwalia

© Provided by Independent Print Limited Saudia Airlines has issued a strict dress code for passengers and stated that it will refuse to fly people who deviate from it.

The airline is the national carrier of Saudi Arabia, a country which follows a conservative interpretation of Sunni Islam, Wahhabism.

On the passengers code of conduct section of their website Saudia asks that travellers are not “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."

The airline already has rules for its customers which adhere to the laws of the Kingdom. Saudia flights are an alcohol free zone as it is illegal to import or consume alcohol in Saudia Arabia.

Saudi Arabian Airlines  has issued a strict dress code for passengers. © AP Image Saudi Arabian Airlines has issued a strict dress code for passengers. Saudia Arabia is one of the few Muslim majority countries that imposes a dress code by law. All women, foreign and local, must wear an abaya (a long loose garment that covers their clothes) in public places.

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.”

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