Saudi Arabia Blaming Ethiopians For Shocking Incident On National Airline
Posted by addisethiopia on September 9, 2016
Saudi Arabian Airlines’ (Saudia) inaugural flight of its new A330 was less than memorable when a video revealed that the passengers trashed the aircraft in flight. AT covered the incident here, with video revealing horrifyingly filthy restrooms, appearing to have feces smeared on toilet seats and urine on the floors, and litter scattered everywhere.
In the wake of this public relations disaster, Saudia is now offering the excuse that the reason for passengers turning the plane into a pigsty is that they were deportees enroute to Addis Ababa.
So, let me get this straight. The maiden voyage of its new Airbus A330 is assigned deportation duty to Ethiopia while pilgrims conducting Haj on the other new aircraft receive no attention. Or maybe it was just as bad on those flights. Who knows? Anyway, the anonymous source at Saudia who made the excuse was unavailable for comment. However, a Saudi citizen was asked about the incident,
Although the blame must be shared between the passengers and the airline, Saudia must get the bigger share of blame, he said. The crew must always keep the airplane clean. It is Saudia’s fault if the crew is understaffed,” he added.
This Saudi citizen is either ignorant of flying in that part of the world or is making another excuse for typical habits of Saudis or both. As Thomas Lifson remarked, Saudis largely rely on foreigners to perform menial labor and it’s no different on Saudia. Flight attendants are females from the other GCC countries and from Asia. Given Saudi cultural norms, the issue is not that both the passengers and the flight attendants are at fault with the lion’s share of the blame falling on the airline. It’s how much abuse are foreign female flight attendants willing to put up with on domestic and regional flights?
Even on international flights where a higher class of Saudi passengers is present, one can sometimes find restrooms which would not meet the standards of other Western carriers. The simple fact is this Saudia flight inadvertently provided a window to the behavior of its clientele, and blaming this on deportees won’t make it go away.
“We saw similar trails of filth in the wake of the Moslem invasion of Europe last year and in the migrant hostels where they seemed perfectly content to live in squalor.“
SAU, like in SAUDI, is a German word for sow, pig, swine. Normally an insult.