High altitude dhimmitude: UK airline to KSA orders female staff to don Islamic robes and walk two paces behind male colleagues
January 10, 2006
January 2006BRITISH MADLAND EXCLUSIVE BANNED BMI staff banned from taking Bibles, St Christophers and teddy bears on trips to Saudi (AND STEWARDESSES ARE TOLD TO WALK TWO PACES BEHIND MEN) By Martin Coutts
AIRLINE bosses have sparked outrage by banning flight crew from wearing crucifixes or St Christopher medals on flights to Saudi Arabia - in case they offend the country's Muslims.
Stewardesses at British Midland International have also been told they must walk two paces behind male colleagues - and cover themselves from head to foot in a headscarf and robes known as an abaya.
And they have been forbidden from taking Bibles or cuddly toys such as teddy bears into the Saudi capital Riyadh - even in flight bags.
Saudi Arabia's strict laws enforced by the religious police - the Mutaween - ban the public practice of Christianity, churches and Christian religious materials, and figures of animals, including toys.
One employee, who asked not to be named, said: "It's outrageous that we must respect their beliefs but they're not prepared to respect ours.
"BMI are asking too much of their staff on this one.