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03 October 2023

Emirates looking into alleged kiss on the plane

By Joseph George

Emirates airline says it has launched its own investigation into alleged misbehaviour by a New Zealand cricket player aboard an Emirates flight.

An Emirates spokesperson in a statement said, “Emirates can confirm that it is looking into an alleged incident on EK413 from Sydney to Dubai. Emirates places the highest importance on the flight experience of its passengers and any behaviour which may impact that is taken very seriously.”

When asked if it had received any complaints, the spokesperson said, “It is not necessary that a passenger should register a complaint. We have our in-flight staff who would have witnessed the incident.”

According to media reports The New Zealand team management has given the player a clean chit following its own internal enquiry.

Team manager Dave Currie says the reports were not factual and the matter would not be taken any further.

Media report quoting a passenger on the flight between Sydney and Dubai said the incident involved a Black Caps player and a women he met on the plane.

Quoting Currie another report said a number of other players had informed the management that nothing untoward has happened and the team management is satisfied. Currie said the woman had made no complaint.

New Zealand Cricket chief executive Justin Vaughan told another channel that the cricketer met a female passenger and got involved in a conversation and also had a drink together on the plane.

"At some stage the female passenger came to Tim's seat and perhaps spent a maximum of 30 seconds with Tim, and there may well have been, dare I say it, a kiss on the cheek, but that was it. She went back to her seat, and Tim is adamant that nothing inappropriate, nothing untoward, occurred," said Vaughan in an interview to TV3's Campbell Live.

The team is heading to India to play the World Cup starting on February 19.