Mom detained in Dubai after drinking complimentary glass of wine on Emirates flight
Ellie Holman said she was detained along with her daughter after drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates flight to Dubai. (Facebook)
A mother from Kent, England, and her young daughter were jailed in Dubai for three days â" where she was allegedly denied water and forced to clean toilets â" after she admitted to drinking a glass of wine on the incoming Emirates flight from London.
Itâs illegal to drink alcohol or be intoxicated in public in Dubai, one of the seven emirates of the United Arab Emirates.
Ellie Holman, a 44-y ear-old dentist originally from Sweden who resides in Britain with her husband and their three children, was arrested on July 13 after landing in Dubai with her 4-year-old daughter, the Press Association reported.
Upon arrival in Dubai, an official reportedly told Holman she needed to return to the United Kingdom immediately because of an invalid visa, at which point she took out her phone and started filming the encounter, according to human rights group Detained in Dubai.
Holman said the official was âdismissive and rudeâ to her, and asked if she had been consuming alcohol. She admitted to the official that she had a complementary glass of wine on the Emirates flight.
Holman, unaware that it was an offense to film the encounter, and illegal to drink alcohol, was taken into custody, Detained in Dubai reported. The mother and her daughter also had their passports and electronic devices confiscated.
âHUMILIATEDâ COUPLE KICKED OFF HOLLAND AMERICA CRUISE AFTER CAPTAIN ACCUSES PASSENGER OF PUSHING CREW MEMBER
Holman said in a statement to Detained in Dubai that the prison guards also attempted to pull out her hair extensions, and the priso n facility was âhot and foul-smelling.â She claimed she and her daughter were forced to sleep on a âfilthy mattressâ and to clean toilets.
âMy little girl had to go to the toilet on the cell floor. I have never heard her cry in the same way as she did in that cell,â Holman said in a statement.
SEX TOYS IN AIRLINE PASSENGERSâ LUGGAGE PROMPT SECURITY ALERT AT BERLIN AIRPORT
Holman added that she was given food that âsmelled like rotting garbage.â She said her husband and friends tried to visit her in jail, but they were not allowed to see her.
Ellie Holman claimed she drank one complimentary glass of wine on her Emirates flight to Dubai. (iStock)
Holman was released on bail days later, but could face âbeing detained in Dubai for up to a year w hile awaiting a court hearing,â The Guardian reported. Her passport was confiscated until the case is finished, and she claims to have already lost thousands of dollars in missed wages and legal costs.
Her daughter returned to the United Kingdom with her husband.
FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS
Holman was initially traveling to Dubai with her to daughter to visit friends for a few days. She has been in the country before.
A representative for Emirates was not immediately available to answer questions regarding the consumption of alcohol on flights entering Dubai.
Radha Stirling, Detained in Dubaiâs chief executive, said it is âwholly illegal for any tourist to have any level of alcohol in their blood, even if consumed in flight and provided by Dubaiâs own airline. It is illegal to consume alcohol at a bar, a hotel and a restaurant, and if breathalyzed, that person will be jailed."
However, Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says that being intoxicated, and not neccessarily just having a small amount of alcohol in your system, is what's actually forbidden, according to News.com.au .
âItâs illegal to drink alcohol or be intoxicated in public,â the department states. âYou can be arrested. Foreigners have been arrested on arrival after becoming intoxicated on incoming aircraft or while in transit.â
Kathleen Joyce is a breaking/trending news producer for FoxNews.com. You can follow her at @Kathleen_Joyce8 on Twitter.Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom