About this Order
On July 13, 2015, Christopher Nethery (Mr. Nethery) filed a third-party complaint under 14 CFR 302.404 against Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (Saudia) for violations of 49 U.S.C. §§ 40101(a)(1), 40127(a), 41310(a), 41712(a), and the First and Fifth Amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Nethery, who is a member of the Christian faith, alleges that Saudia has a policy that passengers are not allowed to wear cross-necklaces or shirts that bear a cross on them on-board Saudia aircraft if wearing these articles is determined to be “disruptive.” Mr. Nethery also alleges that Saudia offers certain amenities to Islamic passengers that it does not offer to passengers of other religions. This order dismisses Mr. Nethery’s complaint on the merits for the reasons stated below.