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British businesswoman with runny nose detained at Dubai airport after being 'falsely accused of taking cocaine on Emirates flight'

Mirror logo Mirror 22/05/2017 Abigail O'Leary

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A British woman has described her horror at being detained in Dubai airport for over three hours after she claims staff falsely accused her of taking cocaine onboard.

Caren Harmon, 43, had been travelling on an Emirates flight from London to Johannesburg and was due to catch a connecting flight at Dubai airport.

But after the plane landed, Caren said she was pointed out to police by air stewardesses and hauled into a detention room at the airport.

The property developer, from Shepherd's Bush, West London, described how police searched her luggage after telling her "you know exactly what you've done wrong".

Caren even had her blood tested while being held earlier this month.

She said: "They just kept saying to me, 'you know exactly what you've done wrong'.

"The only explanation they gave me was that I was seen looking through my bag, sniffing my nose and touching my nose which is quite normal on a flight with air conditioning.

"They (fight crew) implied to the police I had been taking cocaine - as if I would so something like that. I was terrified."

Caren, who has duel British and South African nationality, said she had no warning while onboard as to what awaited her when she landed, reports the Daily Mail.

She added: "I didn't get a warning on the plane, there was no sign they had done anything until we landed and then four police dressed in black were there waiting for me.

"I had ordered some red wine on the plane, but didn't drink it because I fell asleep for five hours."

After Caren's blood tests came back negative, she was told sleeping pills she'd taken onboard could land her in jail for up to six years if she had taken them without a prescription.

Three and a half hours after her ordeal began, authorities eventually allowed Caren to continue her journey.

She said she was made to sign an arabic form which she did not understand before catching the next plane to Johannesburg.

Caren added: "I let them do whatever they wanted. I just wanted to get out of there."

She explained how she upgraded her connecting flight to business class using her air miles after being left too distraught to sit near other passengers for the last leg of her journey.

An Emirates spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that a passenger travelling on Emirates flight EK0010 from Gatwick to Dubai on 9 May was detained by police on arrival in Dubai.

"As the matter is currently under investigation, we cannot comment further."

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