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Drunk Emirates passenger 'stripped off and lit cigarette in business class after forgetting he was on a plane'

Mirror logo Mirror 14-12-2016

A business class passenger on a flight from Manchester to Dubai allegedly stripped off to the waist before casually lighting a cigarette as the plane landed.

Horrified fellow travellers claimed the man was intoxicated and caused 'chaos' as smoke filled the cabin of the Emirates Airbus A380.

As flight EK020 landed after the six-hour journey, the man denied smoking on board, but a supervisor allegedly found a packet of cigarettes in his seat pocket - with one partially smoked - after he was restrained by crew.

The man was heard to insist he had 'forgotten he was on a plane' and he would 'have a chat with the captain to apologise', the Manchester Evening News reports.

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It was claimed the traveller spent hours drinking alcohol in the upper deck business class bar before he was restrained on the double-decker aircraft as other travellers disembarked after Friday's flight.

One passenger from Greater Manchester who was sitting in the row ahead, but who asked not to be named, said: “This guy was a drunken buffoon. Everybody was disgusted.

“I fly 150,000 miles a year and have never seen anyone light up on a plane.

“This has really hacked me off. These kinds of people need restricting from travelling with the general public because they are a nuisance.

“Emirates also should have told this man to stop drinking.”

He claimed the man, who was in his early 50s, drank steadily in the hours after take-off at 9.20pm and leading up to the incident.

He added: “He was basically hammered. Lairy, chatting up a woman across from him. He had a very loud Manchester accent.

“He was at the bar for ages and then at one point I came back from the toilet and he was in his seat with his shirt off. Who does that on a flight?

“Then there was smoke in the cabin after the captain announced we were landing.

“I imagine this guy is still stuck in the Middle East, I imagine he will have been banned by Emirates and I doubt another carrier would take him.”

A spokesman for Emirates said: “Emirates can confirm that on flight EK020 from Manchester to Dubai on 9 December, an intoxicated passenger had to be restrained by cabin crew.

"The aircraft was met by security upon landing at Dubai airport . The safety of our passengers and crew is of utmost importance and will not be compromised.”

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