Salzburg, Austria—A Saudi Arabian airline flight attendant is reportedly among the passengers of an Air France flight who were allegedly forced to sit through the flight from the Paris-Toulouse International Airport to Salzburger Straße, Austria.
According to reports from Austrian media, the flight was allegedly forced through the checkpoint when the Saudi airline denied the passengers a seat at the front of the plane.
The passengers reportedly took their seats on the second row of the front seat of the aircraft.
When the Saudi Airlines aircraft finally made its way through the gates, the passengers were forced to wait for a waiting police officer.
When a Saudi police officer attempted to detain the passengers, the Saudi passenger said, “Why are you arresting us?
We have no right to sit in the back of the airplane.”
The Saudi airline subsequently issued a statement claiming that the passenger was being held “for questioning,” but the Saudi police later clarified that the Saudi airlines had no right of detention and the passengers had “not been detained at all.”
A Saudi Airlines spokesperson told Reuters that the company was “aware of the reports of the incident and we are investigating the matter.”