By Lawani Mikairu
Emirates airline yesterday said there was no option opened to the airline than to restrain the 71 year old Nigerian immigrant Mr. David Ukesone, to his seat on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January as he was unruly and repeatedly disturbed other passengers


Recall that a recent report quoted Mr. David Ukesone, as saying the flight crew on an Emirates flight to Chicago O’Hare International Airport bound, punched, and taped his mouth shut for several hours after a dispute over whether or not he was sitting in the wrong seat.

But Emirates spokesperson in a statement yesterday said : “Emirates can confirm that Mr Ukesone was a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January, and that he had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behaviour during the flight. Despite the best efforts of our crew to intervene and reason with him, Mr Ukesone repeatedly disturbed other passengers, refused to remain in his assigned seat, and forced his way into another cabin class”.

“ He also assaulted crew and bit another passenger. As a consequence he was restrained by our crew. Our cabin crew are highly trained to ensure the safety and security of our passengers, and constantly monitored Mr. Ukesone’s welfare throughout the flight. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised”.

The statement added, “Upon arrival at the airport, the passenger was handed over to the authorities in Chicago. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the other passengers on the flight for their understanding, in particular the individuals who had assisted our crew during the flight.”.

ABC News had said the dispute started after Ukesone got up from his seat, 35D, to use the restroom and accidentally returned to the wrong seat nearby.

“Ukesone said he experienced confusion, and believed that he was in the correct seat, adding that he speaks and understands English, but has some difficulty understanding it when it’s spoken by someone who isn’t Nigerian,” ABC News reported.


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