By Sara Anabtawi
Employee was sentenced to a year for asking for cash to check in baggage
An Emirates Airline employee has been jailed for a year for asking a passenger for a bribe to check in their excess baggage, it was confirmed on Monday.
The female check-in clerk from Kenya was also fined AED1,000 (US$272) and will be deported once her sentence is complete.
The incident occurred in February when a Kuwaiti passenger, who was a member of the armed forces, was checking in his bags and discovered he was 27kg overweight for the flight.
The clerk said she would check the luggage in if he put AED800 (US$217) in an envelope.
Before boarding the flight, the Kuwaiti passenger queried the move with airport police and the Emirates employee was brought in for questioning. She later confessed and handed the money over to authorities.
The Kenyan employee pleaded guilty at Dubai Criminal Court.
An Emirates spokesperson said: "Emirates has fully cooperated with the local authorities in their investigation, and regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers."For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
Hi very bad to notice..
I have come across many Airlines and Airlines employees who were quite considerate during my Travel from Dubai, from Dammam from Jeddah and even from Baghdad too.. I had quite a lot of excess baggage where as against my polite request they were considerate and exempted the excess baggage without any gift or any other kind of return from me.
This is quite strange and sad to know.. One must not do such thing with the Passenger. He should freely leave it or he should charge for the excess.. This kind of bribe act is very bad..
In today's world where fuel is expensive and safety of the whole aircraft is crucial, the customers should be wary of the excess baggage charge, pay up if you are exceeding the weight limit which in turn makes the calculations of the maximum take off weight wrong. Both customer and airline employee should follow the rules. However, it was wrong to ask for bribe by the airline employee, both should be prosecuted for offering bribe/breaking the rules for excess baggage (safety issue) as well as taking the bribe.