Dubai Airport officials deny assaulting Saudi Arabian passenger

Airport police say passenger caused a scene after arriving late for flight and being told he would not be allowed to board.

Officials from Dubai Airport have denied allegations of assault on a Saudi passenger.

The passenger claims he was manhandled in a dispute over a missed flight.

Brig Ali Atiq bin Lahej, deputy director of the police airport security department, said the Saudi and his two companions were late for boarding and the gates were closed, so they were told they would not fly and were asked to leave.

“This prompted them to make a fuss about it in the transit lounge,” Brig bin Lahej said. He added that Dubai Police treated the passengers respectfully, telling them they could take the next flight or leave and book another one.