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.
There were also questions on whether or not the airline’s rules would apply to everyone.
Some passengers were unaware of the restrictions before flying, and felt inconvenienced by having to either buy new clothes at the airport, or in some cases cancel their flights. Another wondered whether the code applies to cabin crew as well: “Are the hostesses wearing abayas?”:
Some believe the airline should keep up with the times, and others feel that once tickets are paid for, passengers should be free to do what they want. One commentator branded the code as regressive: “Not everyone using the airline are Muslim. This will create problems.”
Another social media user argues if the airline cares about passengers, it should provide alternative clothing, instead of preventing passengers from travelling.