142 Saudi women work in 11 airports

September 11, 2017

Saudi Gazette report

JEDDAH — A total of 142 Saudi women work at 11 airports in the Kingdom. Faisal Al-Migaish, a spokesman for the Saudi Customs, said in addition to the customs department, these women work at passport control, foreign aviation companies, car rental offices, hotels and shops.

He said Saudi women works at customs departments of King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh, King Fahd International Airport in Dammam, Prince Muhammad Bin Abdul Aziz International Airport in Madinah, Prince Naif Airport in Qassim, Prince Sultan Airport in Tabuk and King Abdullah Airport in Jazan as well as the airports of Taif, Al-Jouf, Abha and Hail.

"Saudi women work side by side with their male colleagues in luggage scrutiny, inspection and body search of passengers," he said.

Migaish said the female workers are highly qualified and have undertaken leading and supervisory positions in the customs department.

He said before assuming their duties, the women received rigorous training at the Customs Training Institute and they also attended various rehabilitation courses to lift their standard.

"Saudi women have proved themselves in the customs work, releasing or preventing the entry of some items," he added.

Migaish recalled that Saudi women started working in the department of customs more than 60 years ago but their work was focused mainly on searching women passengers.

"The women are now competently undertaking all customs jobs using the most modern equipment available at the airports," he added.

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