The Gulf carrier has clarified that the consumption of alcohol is allowed on its flights. The confirmation of the airline’s policy comes after the case of Ellie Holman – who was detained in Dubai earlier this summer – raised fears over the acceptability of alcohol consumption within cabin confines.
Gulf carrier Emirates has reiterated that the consumption of alcohol is “not prohibited” on its aircraft, reports Arabian Business. The clarification was issued via a tweet, after a member of the public questioned if imbibing during the course of a flight could result in arrest.
The full text of the message, as reproduced here by the outlet, reads, “Alcohol consumption is not prohibited on our flights. Furthermore, alcohol is served in the lounges in Dubai airport and available for purchase in the Duty Free.”
The case of Ellie Holman – who was detained in Dubai earlier this summer – has raised queries regarding the carrier’s in-flight alcohol policy. It was reported by some outlets that Holman was jailed for drinking wine on a flight from London.
In a statement issued earlier this week, Emirates was quoted as saying, “Emirates continues to invest in our food and beverage program, which is an integral part of our in-flight experience. However, like on any other airline, or indeed any hospitality establishment, unruly or disruptive behavior from intoxication will not be tolerated, and there may be legal consequences. The safety and well-being of our passengers and crew on board will always be our top priority.”
Late last week, the United Kingdom’s Consulate and Embassy in the United Arab Emirates issued the following advice via its Facebook page, which read, “For clarity, there has been no change to the UK Government’s advice to British nationals on consuming alcohol in the UAE. Our Travel Advice for the UAE includes a section on alcohol, and we would encourage visitors and residents to read it here.”