x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Traveller 'insulted UAE and swore at Dubai airport employees', court told

An American passenger in transit at Dubai International Airport swore at two airline employees before insulting the country and its rulers, the Misdemeanours Court heard yesterday.

DUBAI // A passenger in transit at Dubai International Airport swore at two airline employees before insulting the country and its rulers, the Misdemeanours Court heard yesterday.

Prosecutors said that BS, a 32-year-old American, was returning to the US on August 27 at about 10pm when he tried to check in at a counter operated by the Tunisian AA, 33. However, when the airline employee noticed the American was not travelling with his company he directed him to a different counter, operated by the correct airline.

The traveller was then said to have sworn twice at the airline employee, before turning to his Emirati colleague and using another swear word to insult both of them.

He then focused his attention on the Emirati, saying: "Idiot, foolish country", the court was told.

"I could smell alcohol on his breath," said the Emirati employee.

The Tunisian then called airport police and the man was arrested.

EA, a 30-year-old Emirati policeman, said that the passenger was brought to him following the Tunisian's complaint.

"He suddenly started insulting the UAE and its rulers," said the policeman, who said he warned the passenger against badmouthing the UAE, but that the man responded by insulting him too.

The policeman said he had a witness to the incident.

The passenger was held in custody for a week before being released on bail three days ago, leaving his passport and Dh4,000 as a guarantee. During prosecution interrogations he confessed to insulting the airline employees and consuming alcohol, but he failed to show up to today's hearing.

The case is adjourned to September 12.

salamir@thenational.ae