Indian airline personnel have welcomed good news from the Saudi Immigration authorities, as their passports will no longer be held by immigration officers while they are in transit via Saudi Arabia. Previously, their passports would be held up on arrival in Saudi Arabia and released to them upon departure, causing complications for the individuals during their brief transit. Affected airline staff were, for instance, unable to produce their passports as ID during routine security checks in the city and were unable to present their passports at their hotels. After representations from India, the decision has been made to take biometric information from the airline personnel in lieu of their passports.
The full story as reported in the Times of India can be found here.