Intermixing between men and women at work

Q 1: I work for the Ministry of the Interior, Special Forces Department. We have been assigned work that requires us to secure aircraft. We usually travel outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. We may stay for several days in some countries. When we return to the airport, we search the passengers lest there may be explosives or weapons with them. However, we face great Fitnah (temptation) in our work. We may get on the same bus with the air hostesses when we go from the hall of the airport to the aircraft, or from the aircraft to the hotel.The question now is, what is Your Honor's view on this work, and what do you advise us to do? (Part No. 26; Page No. 344

A: There is no doubt that jobs permitting intermixing between men and women are considered a great temptation. What you mentioned about getting on the same bus with air hostesses when you go to the airplane, or when you go from the airplane to the hotel, is a source of great temptation. You must do whatever protects you from it. You should ask the officials to assign you a bus and a separate bus for air hostesses to avoid temptation. Allah Willing, the officials will not refuse a request that achieves a legal benefit, but you have to draw their attention to it. In this way you will be rewarded for doing a good deed in this important issue. In fact you should advise the officials to do without air hostesses and replace them with men.May Allah grant us success. May peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Muhammad, his family, and Companions.