Saudi Arabian Airlines nixes ‘mixed seating’ of men and women

While more than a few Western cultural trendsetters revel in painting a Catholic woman sporting a Mantilla-style chapel veil, or a Protestant wearing their proverbial Sunday best, or a Jew wearing a yarmulke as some sorts of Dark Ages throwbacks, the same vanguard of Western progressivism gives scant attention when overt discrimination and oppression of women emanates from an Islamic dominated government. Case in point: The Saudi Arabian Airlines, operating under the name Saudia, will bow to pressure from influential Islamic fundamentalists and will now officially forbid women from sitting next to men who aren’t either their husbands or mahrem (Arabic for “male guardian”).

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  • BillyHW

    Why do we give these cavepeople airplanes?

    • Pete_Brewster

      They squat on a pool of oil stolen from the Jews.

      • Okay. I’m terribly philosemitic and a card-carrying Islamophobe, and yet even so I don’t quite get why you think Saudi Arabia was “stolen from the Jews”.

        It’s not that I wouldn’t even be cool with Israel having all that oil. Better them by far. But your mind…. it fascinates me, Pete. What colour is the sky in your world?

        • MRHapla

          Maybe it’s a poetic metaphor on Pete’s part,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • AlanUK

    Several thoughts come to mind.
    I’m surprised that they were allowing mixed seating in the first place!
    Do they have separate lavatory facilities?
    I wonder where the seating for ladies will be …

    • Blacksmith

      They are converting some of the cargo areas I would assume. they will probably have to sit on the floor.

  • Barrington Minge

    7th century behaviour

  • Xavier

    I suppose it’s pointless to ask if they allow female pilots.

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  • Pete_Brewster

    Nice how the cartoonist blames the “patriarchy” for the misery of Saudi women and not Islam. Replace that arrow with a crescent and you’d be far nearer the truth.

  • Hard Little Machine

    I can’t wait for Obama to look at his shoes when they force women to fly in cargo, in cages.

  • ntt1

    Western frightbat feminists are too busy excoriating cutting edge scientists for wearing the wrong shirt or trumpeting false rape charges when that wears thin they fall back on micro aggressions. but fight real cases of horrific discrimination? that would be cultural imperialism.

  • Norman_In_New_York

    Who would want to fly on that airline in the first place?

    • Barrington Minge

      Only yer mooslims I guess

  • Al_the_Fish

    The article I sent to Mr. Cat included a picture of a Saudi Arabian AirBus 380, which is perfect for the segregation, since it’s a double decker plane. Gee, I wonder if that was the original intent of the design.

    http://www.airlive.net/2015/01/news-saudi-arabias-national-airline.html