Passenger convicted of being drunk on Emirates flight


A man from Coventry has today pleaded guilty to being drunk on an Emirates flight from Dubai to Birmingham and has been sentenced at the city’s Crown Court to six months imprisonment, suspended for two years, and ordered to pay costs of £500 as well as a victim’s surcharge of £80.

On 28 April 2015, Asgar Ali, 33, from Foleshill, Coventry boarded flight EK039 from Dubai International Airport which was bound for Birmingham.

Three hours into the flight a passenger, seated next to the defendant, complained to the crew that Ali had spilt his alcoholic drink onto her. As the crew approached the defendant, they realised that he was drunk and he began to use foul and abusive language directed at them and fellow passengers.

The captain of the flight was informed of his behaviour and Ali was issued with a formal warning.

The defendant ignored this warning and he continued with his abusive behaviour and tried to punch a fellow passenger who had tried to defuse the situation. This was reported to the captain who ordered that Ali be restrained by the crew with belts.

On landing at Birmingham Airport at 12:25pm, police boarded the aircraft and arrested the defendant.

Georgina Davies, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Asgar Ali's actions on board the Emirates flight not only distressed fellow passengers, which included young children, but the members of the crew too.

"Having been warned about his conduct once and issued with a formal warning by the captain, the defendant continued with his abusive behaviour which resulted in the captain ordering the crew to restrain Ali.

"We hope this prosecution sends out a clear message that such behaviour on any commercial flights will not be tolerated and those committing such crimes will be robustly prosecuted."