Airport to sack man who humiliated Saudi woman

15th May 2006, Comments 0 comments

15 May 2006, DUBAI - The Munich airport authorities will dismiss an official who humiliated a Saudi woman during a security check, according to the German embassy in Riyadh.

15 May 2006

DUBAI - The Munich airport authorities will dismiss an official who humiliated a Saudi woman during a security check, according to the German embassy in Riyadh.

The Saudi newspaper Arab News quoted Monday a statement from the embassy saying authorities investigated the alleged ill-treatment of the Saudi woman passenger in Munich airport recently and found it to be against the code of conduct for employees in German airports.

"There are clear instructions that officials must be courteous and respectful to passengers, in addition to being considerate of the wishes of passengers who want to be searched behind screens," the statement said.

The embassy maintained that the passenger was not humiliated or struck but only touched on her shoulders. The Saudi woman, however, reiterated her charge that the male official abused and struck her.

The incident took place on May 8.

Many conservative Saudi women adhere to a strict dress code covering them from head to toe and don't accept having any part of their bodies exposed to any male who is not a close relative, including male officials.

DPA

Subject: German news

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