Air India issues new instructions for crew flying to Saudi Arabia

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Air India has asked its crew members operating flights to Saudi Arabia to carry their names on the hotel letter pad along with the telephone numbers of the hotel, immigration, and airport. The move comes after the Jeddah police had detained some AI crew members in last week as they were not carrying their original passport with them. Saudi Arabia keeps the original passports of Indian airlines’ crew on arrival and they only have photocopies of the same during their stay in the country.

“All crew is hereby informed that along with the crew permit and Air India identity cards in Jeddah, you are now required to carry the details of crew names written in Arabic on the letterhead of the Hotel Trident. The letterhead will also have the phone numbers of the hotel, immigration department, and airport. All crew laying over at Jeddah are required to comply with the above requirements for their own safety,” says an “Information bulletin” issued by AI.

A senior pilot of Jet Airways, another Indian airline, had on June 1 raised the issue of Saudi keeping passports of airline crew on arrival at immigration with the aviation and external affairs ministry. “We urge your office to take cognizance of this issue which is faced by the airline fraternity and find an amicable solution at the earliest by coordinating with the appropriate department of Saudi Arabia. The Passports Act, 1967, of India requires that a passport is the property of the government of India and should be in the custody either of the holder or a person authorized by the holder,” the letter seeking urgent redressal says.

Source Credit: The Times of India
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