x Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 22 July 2017

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A passenger who harassed an air hostess is sentenced to four months in prison.

ABU DHABI // A passenger who harassed a flight attendant and stole an emergency gate key has been jailed for four months.

The Asian man had been drinking alcohol and had taken hashish when he walked to the front of the plane and demanded entry to the pilot’s cabin.

The attendant refused, asked him to lower his voice because other passengers were sleeping and told him to return to his seat.

He complied but soon started raising his voice again and walked back up to the attendant. He then pulled her shirt and stole the emergency gate key.

He was arrested when the plane landed. Blood tests found traces of hashish but he was able to prove he took the drug in the European country where he boarded the plane and not in the UAE, so a drugs charge was not pursued.

The Criminal Court sentenced him to three months in jail for sexual harassment and a month for endangering passengers’ lives.

hdajani@thenational.ae