munchies.vice.com – The UK-based dentist, traveling with her 4-year-old daughter, was breathalyzed after her visa was questioned at the Dubai airport.
Emirates Airlines quietly started its wine program in 2006 and, in the years since, it has spent an estimated $690 million to build an impressive collection of more than 3.75 million bottles of booze, including some from the world’s rarest and most exclusive vintages. It also has a shit-ton of it: Only Costco buys more Dom Perignon champagne every year than Emirates does.
The airline considers its wine selection to be a near-essential part of the in-flight experience, suggesting that first class passengers ask for a glass of champers “when [they] arrive on board,” and encouraging the business and economy classes to “let us pour you a glass whenever the mood takes you.” What the website forgets to mention is that drinking one glass onboard can have terrible consequences when you land in Dubai, the kind of consequences that can put you in a jail cell for three days—or leave you stranded in the country for a year-plus.
Ellie Holman, a Swedish-born dentist who lives in London, was reportedly detained and jailed by authorities in the United Arab Emirates, allegedly because she had a single glass of wine during her eight-hour flight. According to The Guardian, Holman—who was traveling with her four-year-old daughter—was questioned about her visa when she landed at Dubai International Airport.
A customs and immigration officer told her that her visa was invalid, and that she would be required to return to London. When she asked if she could purchase another visa, the officer asked about her alcohol consumption during the flight. She admitted that she’d had a glass of wine on the plane, and she was told that it was “illegal to drink alcohol.” (She also tried filming her interaction with the officers, but was told that wasn’t permitted either. Convenient.)
(She also tried filming her interaction with the officers, but was told that wasn’t permitted either. Convenient.)
People…people…i’m begging you…we gotta do better….its fucking 2018 and we’re still at this??