Capt. Sharifah Czarena is one of the top pilots at Royal Brunei Airlines, responsible for making sure that her passengers get where they need to go safely and on time.
She and her all-female crew recently took the airline’s new Boeing 787 Dreamliner on its maiden voyage, from Brunei to the city of Jeddah. To celebrate, the airline posted the image above on its Instagram account.
Well done, ladies!
But there’s one little detail that makes this story rather odd. You see, Jeddah is a Saudi Arabian city, and Saudi Arabia has a longstanding ban against women driving.
There is no official law that bans women from driving but deeply held religious beliefs prohibit it, with Saudi clerics arguing that female drivers “undermine social values”.
So poor Captain Czarena is smart enough to fly, and she’s trusted enough by the airline to pilot their new prized aircraft and the passengers inside … but she’s somehow not able to get in a car and drive.
This is just one of the discriminatory laws, including a ban on bibles and punishing criminals with beheading, that make Saudi Arabia one of the worst tyrannies in the world.
So if I were Captain Czarena, I’d fly myself out of their as soon as possible.
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H/T: Washington Post