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Look out: British people!

As an Etihad flight is grounded thanks to a drunk British passenger, just weeks after a British ‘couple’ is arrested, Kipp asks: Are Brits the UAE’s worst nationality?

January 25, 2011 3:01 by

Ah, you crazy, crazy British people. Not long after a man and a woman are banged up in Dubai for being intimate outside of marriage, an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi is diverted from Heathrow and escorted into land at Stansted by two RAF fighter jets thanks to a drunk British passenger.

First up, the romantic couple: Danielle Spencer, a British woman, and Toby Carroll, a New Zealand banker, were arrested after an incident involving his ex-girlfriend, an apparently fiery Brazilian. Having broken-up with the Brazilian, Carroll called the police after she showed up at his flat to find him ‘entertaining’ Spencer. Reports say she went on a rampage with a knife, and Carroll called the police fearing for his and Spencer’s safety.

Unfortunately what he didn’t bank on was being arrested for sex outside marriage. In fact, all three of them have been arrested. The case has received a great deal of attention from the British press, for the obvious appeal of a love triangle, for Carroll’s position as a high flying analyst, and for Spencer’s past. Apparently she was a pole dancer at a well known chain of UK strip clubs, on arrival in Dubai got herself a breast enlargement, and lost one job for being too flirtatious. The tabloid press has lapped it up.

And then this week we have the case of a man arrested on an Etihad flight from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow. The flight was diverted following an incident on board, and wound up being escorted by two RAF fighter jets to Stansted airport (London’s default destination for security threatened flights). A police spokeswoman said: “A 37-year-old man, a British national, has been arrested following an incident on board an Etihad Airways plane travelling from Abu Dhabi to Heathrow. The pilot reported a passenger causing disruption and making threats.”

Etihad was more diplomatic, saying the plane had been diverted to “offload a disruptive guest”. The precise details of the story are not clear, but the Guardian reports that the man was understood to have been drunk.

Why is it that Kipp is always reading about British people getting themselves into these fixes? Perhaps it’s because the British press are more efficient at getting these stories, or perhaps it is because there are so many British people out here. What do you think? Are British people the worst behaved in the UAE?

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  1. L on January 26, 2011 10:24 am

    This sort of irresponsible and lazy journalism really winds me up (yes I’m British!) so I’m hoping the incendiary question is meant just to spark a reaction.

    So here it is. Are Brits the worst nationality in the UAE? How about – Lebanese family beat their maid, Pakistani rapes 4 year old boy, Emirati kills 2 in high speed road accident etc etc (all of which have recently been reported in the UAE press). I’m guessing you’ll censor this / not print it because it could be construed as racist. Shame no-one ever thinks it’s racist to stereotype the British.

  2. Mustafa Bir on January 28, 2011 1:51 am

    Are you just trolling? Let’s look at the current UAE courts page in Gulf News:

    Indian blacksmith sexually molests 15-year-old girl.
    12 Iranians and two Pakistanis planned to smuggle 2.5 tonnes of hashish through the coast of Khor Fakkan.
    An Egyptian and an Emirati chief deny asking for a Dh350,000 bribe from a businessman in order not to disconnect the electricity from a 16-villa compound.
    Emirati policeman and his niece jailed after an incestuous relationship, which led to an illegitimate pregnancy.
    Chinese man and Chinese woman accused of running a brothel and forcing sisters, aged 14 and 16, into the sex trade.
    A Jordanian student claimed in court that he did not intend to threaten to kill someone who blocked the driveway behind his car.
    African man steals a couple’s savings of Dh19,000.

    Oh, and the British couple and the Brazilian.

    So that’s 12 Iranians, three Emiratis, two Pakistanis, two Chinese, two British, a Jordanian, an Indian, a Brazilian and an African.

    So the answer to your question “Are the Brits the UAE’s worst nationality?” is, no, it’s the Iranians, followed by the Emiratis.


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