A drunk passenger reportedly stripped off and lit a cigarette on Manchester-Dubai flight prior to the landing.
According to the Daily Mail, the shocked passengers and the crew surrounded the Business class passenger – who was in 50s – and was handed him over to the Dubai Police upon arrival at the Dubai International Airport.
The man reportedly claimed that he was unaware that he was onboard an aircraft after six-hour journey.
“He was basically hammered. Lairy, chatting up a woman across from him. He had a very loud Manchester accent. He was at the bar for ages and then at one point I came back from the toilet and he was in his seat with his shirt off. Who does that on a flight? Then there was smoke in the cabin after the captain announced we were landing. I imagine this guy is still stuck in the Middle East. I imagine he will have been banned by Emirates and I doubt another carrier would take him,” the British daily quoted a co-passenger in the report.
An Emirates spokesman confirmed the incident to the newspaper.
“Emirates can confirm that on flight EK020 from Manchester to Dubai on December 9, an intoxicated passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew. The aircraft was met by security upon landing at Dubai airport,” the airline said in its statement.