Earlier a Twitter user made me aware of the following:
— James (@jamesw85562) August 8, 2017
I’ve flown Saudia before, in both first class and business class, and had very different experiences. However, I wasn’t aware that they formally had a dress code, though I guess it doesn’t come as much of a surprise. Here it is:
SAUDIA is requesting from their guests to abide by a dress code where by they are not clothed in a manner that would cause discomfort or offense to other passengers.
- Women exposing legs or arms; or wearing too thin; or too tight clothes.
- Men wearing shorts exposing legs.
Note: SAUDIA may refuse to transport passengers, or may remove passengers from the flight at any point for not complying with its dress code.
* including but not limited to.
None of this really comes as a surprise, though it is worth being aware of. It’s certainly a lot less strict than the “dress code” in the country itself, at least for women. If you’re traveling to the Kingdom you’d probably expect this, but for passengers traveling between two other countries and just transiting Saudi Arabia, it may come as a surprise that men can’t wear shorts and that women can’t expose their arms on the plane.
I do love how they say that they can remove you from the flight at any point. Change into shorts after takeoff? They’ll open the emergency exit and toss you out. Just kidding, of course. 😉