Female customs officers to screen women landing in Riyadh

Female customs officers to screen women landing in Riyadh
Updated 16 March 2014

Female customs officers to screen women landing in Riyadh

Female customs officers to screen women landing in Riyadh

Riyadh’s King Khaled International Airport has started employing women customs officers to check the baggage of female travelers, according to a media report.
The step, the first of its kind in the Kingdom, would soon be taken at all entry points across the Kingdom, said Fahad Al-Dayel, head of the airport’s passenger and customs section. His department is currently training 16 women. The aim is also to speed up passenger movement at customs sections, he said. Eight experienced female customs employees are training the staff.
Anwar Al-Sarhani, a customs inspector at Al-Durra entry point, said women would play an important role in ensuring the effectiveness of the department.
He said the department has separate sections for female employees where they can speak to female passengers, ask them personal questions and check their intimate items.
He said the newly trained female inspectors would join over 400 female employers of the department. He said they would help efforts against smuggling.
Batlah Faraj Al-Dosari, a woman customs inspector, said the move was important to respect the privacy of female passengers at inspection points.
She said airport customs officials earlier this month confiscated a large bag full of wigs. Some smugglers exploit women by forcing them to carry such items, she said.
Ebtesam Metleq bin Saad, another inspector, said women employees had suggested the idea of expanding their tasks to be on an equal footing with their male colleagues.