Saudia is already arguably the airline that most closely adheres to Islamic practices, between their onboard prayer room, lack of alcohol/pork, travel prayer before takeoff, etc.
But it looks like they’re about to take things one step further. Via rt.com:
Saudi Arabia’s national airline carrier is planning to introduce gender segregation aboard its flights following complaints from passengers who refused to have random males seated next to their wives, the Kingdom’s media report.
Airline company Saudia will order its staff to keep men and women separated onboard, unless they are close relatives, the Emirates247 news website reported.
“There are solutions to this problem…we will soon enforce rules that will satisfy all passengers,” Saudia assistant manager for marketing Abdul Rahman Al Fahd said, according to Saudi daily Ajel.
Can’t wait to see how this is executed in practice…