Amid missing plane crisis, Islamic groups want Muslim rules on MAS flights

A Malaysia Airlines crew member stands at an empty ticket counter at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 8, 2014. — AFP pic
A Malaysia Airlines crew member stands at an empty ticket counter at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Sepang March 8, 2014. — AFP pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — A lawyers group today urged Malaysia Airlines (MAS) to introduce Muslim prayers before flights and for flight hostesses to be dressed according to Islamic standards.

With the flag carrier still grappling with the crisis of its missing flight MH370, the Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association also sought for the airlines to refrain from serving alcohol aboard its flights.

“Everything that happens on Earth and in the sky is Allah’s decision. We pray that Allah gives us signs and pointers so that the passengers can be found,” PPMM said in statement here.  

The group pointed out that musafir (travel) prayers were read out by many other airlines in Islamic countries.

It also expressed sympathy for the families of the passengers aboard the missing plane.

Flight MH370 has now been missing for more than two days since it lost contact after departing Kuala Lumpur International Airport for Beijing, China on March 8.

There were 239 people on board, including 12 crew members.

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