Saudi airport hires women custom officials
Riyadh, January 29, 2014
The King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh has started employing women as customs officers to inspect the baggage of female travelers, a report said.
The first of its kind move in Saudi Arabia would be taken at all entry points across the Kingdom, Fahad Al-Dayel, head of the airport’s passenger and customs section, was quoted as saying in an Arab News report.
A total of 16 women are currently being trained by eight experienced female employees at the customs department, he added, explaining that the aim was to step up passenger movement.
The customs section has dedicated areas for women officials where they can speak to female passengers, ask them personal questions and check their intimate items, Anwar Al-Sarhani, a customs inspector at Al-Durra entry point, was quoted in as saying in the report.
The move would help efforts against smuggling, he added.