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Two passengers in mid-air row onboard Emirates flight

The fight started when a teenager reclined his seat to sleep on a 38-year-old man about to eat his meal

  • Staff Report
  • Published: 14:16 January 12, 2012
  • Gulf News

Airbus A380
  • Image Credit: Supplied picture
  • Two passengers onboard an Emirates plane were involved in a fight on Tuesday. The pilot of the flight reported the incident to the police ahead of landing at Manchester airport.

Dubai: Emirates flight EK17 on January 10 took off peacefully from Dubai for Manchester but reportedly turned into a mid-air fighting arena as two passengers got into a heated row at 40,000 feet.

The fight started when a teenager reclined his seat to sleep on a 38-year-old man about to eat his meal, following which the two almost came to blows as fellow travellers looked on in shock, according to a report in UK's Daily Mail.

Confirming the incident, an Emirates spokesperson told Gulf News in an e-mailed statement on Thursday: "Emirates does not tolerate this kind of behaviour from passengers and safety will not be compromised."

The report added that the concerned pilot of the flight - a 517-seater Airbus A380 superjumbo - reported the incident to the police ahead of landing at Manchester airport. "Officers went to the gate at Terminal 1 after the flight landed to meet the two passengers at around noon on Tuesday," it stated.

However, no further action was reportedly taken as neither of the two made a formal complaint and both admitting they had been "in the wrong", according to the police.

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