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02 March 2024

Female visitor threatened Dubai airport staff with Facebook post

Tourist was angry with her airline (File)

By Eman AL Baik

UAE laws protects individuals from misuse of modern technology and the invasion of privacy, the Bur Dubai Prosecution has said in a statement.
This protection also covers the threat of posting pictures online for any reason, including defamation or blackmail.
This statement was made by the Bur Dubai Prosecution following investigation into a case in which an Asian woman visitor allegedly abused a public servant at Dubai International Airport, took his picture and threatened to post it on Facebook.
The visitor encountered the staffer at a Dubai International Airport office, where she showed up angry with her airline carrier.
The visitor spoke to him about the problem and the employee told her that he is not the concerned person.
He, cooperatively, contacted another employee at the concerned office and asked him to look into the visitor’s problem.
The concerned employee tried to solve the visitor’s problem, but could not reach a satisfactory solution.
Following that, the visitor became angrier and started abusing.
She abused the employee who tried to help her and the former one who assisted her.
She also pulled out her mobile phone, directed it towards the two employees who were standing close to one another and took a picture.
She openly stated that she would post the picture on Facebook where she would voice her anger.
Testifying before the prosecution, the visitor admitted to losing her temper because of the problem she had with the carrier.
She also admitted that she abused the public servant although he had nothing to do with her problem and to taking a picture of him to post it on her Facebook page.
However, she argued before prosecutors that she has the right of expression and the right to take pictures of anyone.
The prosecution has asked the public to deal politely and in a civilised way with public servants.