Man arrested for 'verbally abusing UAE' after delayed flight

Man became angry after missing his connecting flight from AUH to India.
Incident took place at Abu Dhabi International.
Incident took place at Abu Dhabi International.

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Police have arrested a British citizen for insulting the UAE, security officers and staff at Abu Dhabi airport, in an aggressive tirade after his flight was delayed.

Abu Dhabi Police said the man became angry after his flight from London Heathrow to Abu Dhabi was late and he missed his connecting flight to India, reported the National.

The incident allegedly took place last week.

Col Fares Al Bakeri, from the Criminal Investigation Department of Abu Dhabi Police, told Emirates247 that two officers were called to the scene and asked the passenger to sit down and be patient until they worked out how they could help him.

But the man, reportedly of Indian origin, started swearing at the officers using obscene words and also insulted the UAE.

“[The man] began to verbally abuse employees and declined to make room for other passengers, insisting on catching his plane,” after the boarding gate closed and the plane was about to take off, Al Bakeri was quoted as saying.

“He insulted them using foul language and behaved arrogantly, warning that he holds a British passport,” he added.

The passenger has reportedly denied the charges, police said. “The passenger claims he wasn’t addressing his insults at anyone, but rather lamenting his bad luck.”

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