Deportees spoil Saudia’s new Airbus A330 plane

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

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 to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
Updated 18 min 5 sec ago

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’

Saudi Arabia to appoint women as court judges ‘very soon’
  • Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment
  • She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will “soon” be appointing women as court judges, an official said, in continued social reforms over the past years.
Hind al-Zahid, undersecretary for women’s empowerment at the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Development, said a “Saudi woman assuming a position of judge is very soon. There are initiatives on several levels.”
In an interview with Al-Arabiya, Al-Zahid reiterated the Kingdom’s eagerness to pursue women empowerment, particularly in allowing women to participate in diverse fields.
She pointed out international markers that have proven Saudi Arabia’s progress on women’s rights, particularly noting Saudi women’s participation in the Kingdom’s labor market has exceeded expectations.
Their participation rate today has reached 31 percent, and this is a very big progress. As for the civil service sectors, the Saudi women's participation rate has increased from 39 percent to 41 percent, and most of them are in the education and health sectors in addition to other sectors,” al-Zahid said.