Several days ago, a local blogger shared a post
about a new gender segregation policy she encountered at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) recently.
The blogger claimxed that male and female passengers were separated during security screening and the security personnel in charge of screening men “remained idle” after clearing the passengers.
The female queue ended up being longer than the men’s, which naturally caused an unnecessary delay during the whole process.
The blog post drew a lot of heated debate on social media and eventually caught the attention of Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).
In response, MAHB clarified on the company’s official Facebook
page that there is no such gender segregation “policy” implemented.
This was only practised during security screening from time to time on isolated basis
, especially in cases when there are not enough female aviation security officers on duty.
According to the statement, the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for airport security inspection is that passenger screening must be performed by a personnel of the same gender.
Having said that, MAHB has heard all the feedback given about their security screening process and will make it a point to make the inspection more efficient.