Paul , I hope you’ll drop by!
I’m curious about the codes of conduct on SAA, primarily regarding female passengers. Are dress codes (abaya and face covering) mandatory? Can the face covering be removed during meal service? Once airborne, can Western women who wore long garments while in Saudi Arabia change into something more appropriate to their destination city?
Can an unrelated male and female sit side-by-side? Is there a regulation seating chart that divides the sexes?
I’m asking these questions because I have flown various airlines in and out of Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia is an Islamic country but women have far fewer restrictions than Muslim women in the Middle East. They drive, go to school, work, have a relaxed dress code (jeans, sandals and a brief head covering are common in young women), and maneuver around the city alone or with others, both male and female.
It is common to see young women studying abroad take off the headscarf immediately upon leaving KL and put it on right before landing in KL. I’ve been to several of the larger cities and resorts and have noticed the relaxed dress codes; however, I understand that in some rural areas they are vigorously maintained by self-proclaimed ‘vice police.’
Have also heard, but have not seen for myself, that some of the grocery stores in these areas have separate checkout lanes for men and women, separate swimming pools at resorts, etc.
So, how does it work on the airline?