Frenchman 'abused Emirates crew on flight to Dubai'

A Frenchman who was refused drinks on a flight to Dubai after consuming three bottles of wine shouted abuse at an Emirates Airline crew, a court was told.

DUBAI // A Frenchman who was refused drinks on a flight to Dubai after consuming three bottles of wine shouted abuse at an Emirates Airline crew, a court was told.

AP, 35, smiled yesterday as he admitted at Dubai Criminal Court of First Instance to issuing threats and consuming alcohol on board flight EK74 from Paris to Dubai.

AP threatened the Australian airline workers JL, 39, and DK, 29 on June 14, prosecutors said. JL testified that two hours after the flight took off, AP was intoxicated but still ordering DK to bring him more wine.

"I ordered the attendants to stop providing him with liquor," JL said.

JL said he approached AP and told him he would not be served, to which AP replied: "I will sabotage the flight and its reputation, and I will make a big problem."

AP also broke his in-flight video screen, records showed.

A verdict is expected on September 26.

salamir@thenational.ae

Published: September 16, 2011 04:00 AM

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