Passenger restrained on Emirates flight due to ‘unruly behavior,’ airline says

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The Dubai-based Emirates airline said on Monday that a passenger on a flight from Dubai to Chicago last week “had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behavior during the flight.”

A statement read: "Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January, had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behavior during the flight. The passenger was handed over to the authorities on arrival in Chicago. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the other passengers on the flight for their understanding, in particular the individuals who had assisted our crew during the flight."

Separate reports have revealed that the man was a 72-year-old who said he was bound and beaten on the international flight to Chicago.

According to ABC7 Chicago, David Ukesone said he was still recovering from injuries sustained during that flight.

“The Emirates flight from Nigeria to Chicago was Ukesone's first flight. Shortly after leaving Dubai after a layover, Ukesone said he ran into a problem on the plane.

“Ukesone said he was restrained for eight hours without food or water. He was taken to the hospital in an ambulance after landing.

“Ukesone said he had to spend four days in the hospital for treatment, but he does not understand what happened to him or why. His relatives said Ukesone is still not himself after the incident,” the news site reported.

Ukesone’s attorneys are reportedly preparing to file a lawsuit against the airline.