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Brit sparks Dubai bomb alert

Passenger on outbound flight from Manchester taken into custody on arrival in Dubai, officials say.

A drunken British passenger sparked a bomb alert on Wednesday as an Emirates airline flight from Manchester in Britain landed at Dubai, an official for the carrier said.

"We can confirm there was an incident involving a passenger aboard EK20 from Manchester this morning after it had landed safely in Dubai," an Emirates official said.

The official said the passenger had an argument with one of the crew and then claimed a bomb was on the aircraft, which was later searched and no explosives were found.

"The captain immediately alerted the Department of Civil Aviation who took charge of the situation. The passenger is now in police custody," the official added.

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AJ 12 years ago

I sincerely hope this passenger gets the book thrown at him and he is made an example of. People out there do not understand the seriousness of misbehaving on flights and the consequences. Those cabin crew deserve more money after what they have to put up with.

Jacqueline 12 years ago

As a British person myself I am continually baffled at why someone would do this. This is ridiculous and this person needs to be taught a lesson, deported and fined heavily. These type of people give Britain a bad name.

BC 12 years ago

When will the time come when booze is banned on aircraft just as smoking was years ago. One individual can put hundreds of others to inconvenience at the very least, and lives in danger at the very most by often uncharacteristic behavour. Hit this passenger hard and make sure an example is made of him, you would be surprised at how many similar incidents like this happen every year all over the world and many are alcohol related.

ON 12 years ago

You deserve everything you get and are subject to a zero tolerance policy.

David A 12 years ago

Typical British 'lager lout' behaviour! I agree with both Jacqueline and AJ above - teach him a lesson; this is no laughing matter.

BC 12 years ago

David A, I don't think you can put this down to a single nationality or demographic, it is a fact the booze and flying do not mix as flying intensifies the effects of booze. Banning booze on flights is inevitable as flights become more expensive and delays and interruptions less tolerable.

Keshan Perera 12 years ago

It's imperative that the culprit be reprimanded regardless of the status he was in sober or not. I guess the punishment for a similar crime for an Asian would be immediate deportation.

gaz 12 years ago

I THINK DRINKING ON BOARD IS NOT THE ISSUE! I AM A FREQUENT FLYER WITH EMIRATES, AND I KNOW THAT THE STAFF DONT GIVE THAT MUCH TO PASSENGERS TO DRINK.HOWEVER PASSENGERS DO DRINK IN THE BARS BEFORE THEY BOARD THE PLANE AND GET THROUGH PRETENDING TO BE OKAY.THIS SHOULD BE LOOKED AT INSTEAD OF BANNING ALCHOHOL.I MYSELF DONT DRINK,BUT IF SOMEONE WANTS A DRINK TO CALM THEM SELVES DOWN,THATS UP TO THEM.THEY SHOULD KNOW THEMSELVES WHAT IS THEIR LIMIT.AND AS A BRITISH MYSELF I THINK WE SHOULD NOT THINK EVERYONE IS LIKE THAT.THAT PERSON NEEDS A WARNING.

anees 12 years ago

British are known to behave like this after boozing.

Rodger 12 years ago

I actually think that the increase in flight prices makes a ban on booze less likely. Firstly, passengers will expect at least the same level of service as they currently get for their money, secondly the increased ticket prices will (hopefully) deter quite a few of the idiots that don't know how to behave on a plane from flying in the first place.