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Emirates crew beat, tied up 71-year-old Nigerian for eight hours for sitting in wrong seat


A 71-year-old Nigerian grandpa, David Ukesone, has recounted a raw deal that he had from the crew of Emirates airline while flying from Dubai to Chicago. He was punched in the face, his mouth taped and bound like a prisoner for eight hours on his trip to reunite with his family. His offence was that he got into a dispute with the flight attendants over his seat number. And then, as Mail Online reported, matters escalated.

Ukesone said he hadn’t been on a plane in over 35 years. ‘He apparently sits in the wrong seat and was told to change seats by a flight attendant,’ attorney Howard Schaffner told ABC News. ‘He didn’t think he was in the wrong seat and there was an argument and, at some point, he was hit.’ Emirates Airlines, in a statement released Monday, confirmed the incident.

‘Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behavior during the flight. The passenger was handed over to the authorities on arrival in Chicago. The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the other passengers on the flight for their understanding, in particular, the individuals who had assisted our crew during the flight.’


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