EK Pax Detained After Drinking, Smoking & Stripping

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Problems with mid-air misbehaviour continue in the run-up to the holidays, with a middle-aged man reportedly drinking heavily in EK biz class and then stripping before lighting up a cigarette. As one does.

The flight was EK020, an A380 MAN-DXB operation.

Other pax told London’s Daily Express that the man had been drinking in the upper deck business class bar for hours. (They have bars up front there? Why did no one ever tell us?)

As the plane prepared for landing a strong smell of cigarette smoke wafted through the air and cabin crew noticed that the man, believed to be in his 50s, had stripped to the waist.

A supervisor reportedly found a packet of cigarettes in the man’s seat pocket “after crew had to restrain him.” One of the cigarettes was allegedly partially smoked.

The paper quoted a passenger saying the smoker had claimed in a “very loud Manchester accent” that he had “forgotten he was on a plane.” (That never happens in economy, no matter how much you drink.)

The drunk then decided that he wanted to “chat with the captain to apologize” – which may have been when cabin crew decided to restrain him. Captains aren’t too chatty these days, especially when preparing to land.

EK released this statement: “Emirates can confirm that on flight EK020 from Manchester to Dubai on 09DEC, an intoxicated passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew. The aircraft was met by security upon landing at Dubai airport. The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

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