einsteinboricua wrote:oldannyboy wrote:This is going much too far and has to stop. I am all for religious tolerance, but religion (any religion) must not get in the way of other people [who may not care]; even more so when you are operating a business. Yes, I am happy to take my custom elsewhere -and it's sad because I like Saudia- , but if you are really that difficult with people, then IT IS YOUR PROBLEM at the end of the day, and it should never be cascaded onto the shoulders of others. Any form of religious orthodoxy has no place in the service business so perhaps it's about time Saudia stops international flying and retrenches to domestic operations?
There's a separate issue to discuss here but it belongs in the Non-Aviation forum because it deals with religion and business policies.
Simply put: I wonder if the people complaining about this are on the gay couples' side when bakeries refuse to bake them wedding cakes citing "sincerely held religious beliefs". Is the outrage similar when El Al tells you there are no flights on the Sabbath or accomodate an Orthodox Jew who refuses to sit next to 'X'?
What next? Serve me alcohol and pork on international flights because I'm not a Muslim?
Like I said, we can open a thread on the Non-Av section to further discuss this.
Unless Saudia has a monopoly flying into all Saudi airports (and odds are that's the case only in remote cities where I doubt business people and tourists are flocking to) and you're flying into a very small town where Saudia is the only carrier, there are various options to get to Saudi Arabia. From the international perspective, you'll likely connect through or transit in/out of Dammam, Jeddah, or Riyadh. Other airlines serve the airport. At least Saudia is clear about expectations if you're to travel with them; it would be another case if you showed up and right at the gate they deny boarding because the attendants deem you not suitable to travel.
KLAM wrote:I do understand it it their own company and they are free to impose their own rules. I just wonder what would happen if any western airline refused to serve Halal/Kosher meals, and started a dress code in which females are supposed to remove their headscarf and nobody is allowed to wear religious symbols. I know there would be an outrage mostly because there has been one every time a government bans face coverings in public spaces.
CanadaFair wrote:Banning halal/kosher and asking passengers to remove hijab and other religious symbols can not compare,
Air Transat is not serving Muslim and other special meals now but retained kosher and veggie, no Muslim is offended, we can eat kosher and veggie but still it can be taken as an affront meals specifically for our community been removed.
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