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07 December 2023

Drunk forces Flydubai emergency landing

Egypt-bound plane makes emergency landing at an airport in Saudi Arabia. (Shutterstock)

By Eman Al Baik

A drunken passenger on a Flydubai plane allegedly assaulted a member of the crew and created such a scene that the pilot landed the plane in Saudi Arabia half an hour after leaving Dubai International Airport.

MA, 40, Egyptian marine officer, was handed over to security authorities in the kingdom, and then the plane resumed flying to Alexandria in Egypt.

On November 26, air hostess SD, 26, Moroccan, was preparing the food cart for passengers on flydubai from Dubai to Alexandria.

“Fifteen minutes after take-off, I started preparing the food cart for serving passengers. While passing by a passenger, he asked me for a cup of ice to drink wine that he said he had bought at the airport’s duty free shop.

"I told him that I cannot meet his request as it is illegal to drink wine brought from outside the plane. I saw a bottle of wine with him. When he heard my answer, he started abusing me and the crew. He continued rage and push passenger seats. I tried to calm him down but in vain,” said SD. 

A passenger who was sitting next to MA wrote on a piece of paper, saying she is scared of the angry passenger. She gave the paper to SD who was trying to calm the passenger down.

“I asked him to allow the passenger next to him to come out of the seat but he refused. He then stood up, pushed the passenger’s seat and abused the passengers and the crew in both Arabic and English, especially when he was told that what he is doing is against the law,” testified the air hostess.

MA pushed the hostess and pushed away the service cart and walked to the toilet. After he came out of the toilet, he slapped the air hostess and the matter was brought to the attention of the pilot who asked the crew to overcome the passenger and tie him to his seat.

"The crew tied the passenger to his seat and the pilot made an emergency landing in Saudi Arabia where MA was handed over to the security authorities. Tests proved that the passenger had consumed alcohol.

The court will reconvene on February 22.