A plane passenger has been jailed for 10 weeks by a UK court for shouting “Allahu Akbar” and “boom” during a flight from Dubai to Birmingham, UK media reported.
Shehraz Sarwar admitted to using threatening words and behaviour on the Emirates Boeing 777 flight on February 1, 2016, at the Birmingham Crown Court, local paper the Birmingham Mail reported on July 3.
Emirates also confirmed the incident to 7DAYS with a statement saying that an “unruly passenger was restrained by cabin crew”.
Judge Francis Laird QC told Sarwar: “Set in the context of the current political situation, chanting Allahu Akbar over and over again while on a plane had a frightening affect on some of the passengers and reduced some to tears.
“You misbehaved and you were arrogant onboard. Incidents such as these on planes are taken very seriously by the courts and due to the circumstances I have no alternative but to send you to prison for 10 weeks.”
The prosecutor Alex Warren said that it left some of the 347 passengers on board “in tears”.
An Emirates spokesperson said in a statement: “Emirates can confirm that on February 1 an incident occurred on flight EK37 from Dubai to Birmingham, whereby an unruly passenger was restrained by cabin crew. The passenger was handed over to the authorities upon landing in Birmingham. The safety of our passengers and crew is of critical importance and will not be compromised. As the matter is currently before the court, Emirates cannot comment further on the incident.”