Smoking Emirates passenger tied up by aircrew

Man was charged in Australian court for smoking on an aircraft and assaulting crew

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A passenger on Dubai’s flagship carrier Emirates who was said to have become violent after trying to smoke was tied up by staff, Australian daily The Courier-Mail reported on Thursday.

The 54-year-old man, who is now in police custody, became violent and aggressive towards staff as he repeatedly tried to light up a cigarette while on board Emirates flight EK432 from Singapore to Brisbane.

A photograph taken by another passenger of the incident shows a man with his legs and arms bound in a seat, with what appears to be an Emirates flight attendant standing nearby.

Staff notified authorities once the plane landed.


The man, who is understood to be a German national, then appeared in a Brisbane court on Thursday, displaying a white sticking plaster on his wrist and a bruise on his forehead, and was charged with smoking on an aircraft, assaulting crew and affecting their duty.

A magistrate said that the man would be allowed bail on condition that he give up his passport to police and would not leave the country.

When told of these conditions by his interpreter, the man said that he “didn't trust”the ruling and that his wrist had been injured.

On leaving the court, the man repeatedly said “no, no, no” as reporters asked him to comment on the case.

No further comment

An Emirates Airline spokesperson said: “Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK432 from Singapore to Brisbane this morning was restrained by crew due to an incident mid-flight,” according to UAE-based magazine Arabian Business

"The Australian Federal Police were called to meet the passenger upon the flight’s arrival into Brisbane Airport and he was subsequently arrested and charged. The safety of our passengers and crew is of critical importance and will not be compromised. As the matter is now before the courts, Emirates cannot comment further on the incident.”

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