The image above may appear to be pretty innocent, but ᴍᴀɴy viewers believe it depicts a rebellion. The first all-female flight crew of Royal Bʀᴜɴᴇɪ Airlines can be seen in the picture, which was posted on the airline’s Instagram account last month. The aircraft is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Late last month, Royal Bʀᴜɴᴇɪ announced the hiring of its first all-female flight crew, making it the most recent airline to reach this milestone.
But it wasn’t only the sᴇx of the pilots that had people’s attention—it was the destination.
Capt. Sharifah Czarena and her two female first officers were about to board a flight from Bʀᴜɴᴇɪ to Jiddah, the second-largest city in Sᴀᴜᴅɪ Aʀᴀʙɪᴀ, a nation where women are not permitted to drive, at the time the photo was taken.
An all-female crew lands an airplane into a country they’re not authorized to drive in, a Reddit post this week stated, despite the image having been published three weeks prior.
International attention has been drawn to Sᴀᴜᴅɪ Aʀᴀʙɪᴀ’s ban on women drivers. According to religious decrees, women are not legally permitted to drive because they cannot obtain driver’s licenses. Even while this isn’t always followed in reality—Bedouin women and women in the southern provinces frequently drive even though they aren’t allowed to receive licenses—the ban on women driving is nonetheless a striking reminder of the myriad limitations placed on women in the Sunni country.
However, official Sᴀᴜᴅɪ Aʀᴀʙɪᴀn attitudes toward female pilots are not as rigid as you might anticipate. Hanadi al-Hindi was the first Saudi wOᴍᴀɴ to be granted a pilot’s license in the country in 2014, and additional women have since followed in her footsteps. She received her license a year after Saudi billionaire Prince Talal used her capacity for flight as proof that Saudi women should be permitted to drive.
Yet, as recently as 2014, Saudi women were jailed for operating automobiles.
Czarena described her feelings on becoming the first female captain in southeast Asia to the Bʀᴜɴᴇɪ Times in 2012. “People typically assume that being a pilot is a male-dominated profession. It is such a wonderful accomplishment for a Bʀᴜɴᴇɪan wOᴍᴀɴ to achieve “She spoke. The younger generation, and especially the girls, are shown by this that they can accomplish anything if they put their minds to it.
Let’s see the Royal Bʀᴜɴᴇɪ Airlines’ first all-female pilot crew lands plane in Sᴀᴜᴅɪ Aʀᴀʙɪᴀ in the ᴀᴡᴇsome video below.
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