Deportees spoil Saudia’s new Airbus A330 plane

LACKING CIVIC SENSE: The video clip of the unhygienic conditions in the toilets went viral on social media.
Updated 07 September 2016

Deportees spoil Saudia’s new Airbus A330 plane

JEDDAH: The first flight of Saudi Arabian Airlines (Saudia) Airbus A330 from Jeddah to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia grabbed international attention for all the wrong reasons.

A video clip circulated by a passenger shows unhygienic conditions in the toilets, including human waste left on one of the toilet seats, and tissues littering the gangway of the plane. The shocking footage sparked an outrage on social media, with some blaming the crew for failing to sanitize the plane and some criticizing the passengers for ignoring the basic rules of cleanliness.
The video clip was shared by several media outlets, including Britain’s Daily Mail site and Mirror newspaper. 
A source at Saudia, who refused to be identified, told Arab News that most of the passengers on the aircraft were deportees. He declined further comment.
Speaking to Arab News, a Saudi citizen, Muhammad Al-Saed, said, “If I were a passenger on the flight, I would have filed a complaint with Saudia as well as GACA (General Authority of Civil Aviation). I would also expect a compensation.”
Although the blame must be shared between the passengers and the airline, Saudia must get the bigger share of blame, he said.
“The crew must always keep the airplane clean. It is Saudia’s fault if the crew is understaffed,” he added.


Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

Updated 34 min 13 sec ago

Saudi Arabia appoints new FM, transport minister

  • Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister
  • Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser was appointed transport minister

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia appointed Prince Faisal bin Farhan Al-Faisal foreign minister and Saleh bin Nasser Al-Jasser transport minister, according to royal decrees published by Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

Amongst the other decrees, Saleh Mohammed Al-Othaim was appointed deputy head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority, whilst Abdullah bin Sharaf Al-Ghamdi was appointed head of the Saudi Data and Artificial Intelligence Authority.

Tariq Abdullah Al-Sheddi was appointed head of the National Data Management Office, and Essam Abdullah Al-Waqit was appointed director of the National Information Center. 

Ibrahim Al-Assaf was relieved of his post as Saudi minister of foreign affairs, and Nabil bin Mohammed Al-Amoudi was relieved of his position as minister of transport.