Emirates Airlines issue statement after Dhawan alleges mistreatment of wife, children

The Indian batsman and his family was stranded at Dubai airport. One of the airlines staff members was ‘rude for no reason’.

Shikhar Dhawan | Shikhar Dhawan and Family | Dubai Airport

Earlier in the day, Indian opener Dhawan accused the Emirates Airline of “unprofessional” behaviour. He alleged that the Airline stopped his family from boarding the connecting flight from Dubai en route Cape Town. India open their Test tour against South Africa.

The left-handed batsman took to Twitter and said that the airlines asked for some documents of his wife Aesha and children. As identification proofs and added that the airlines did not inform them beforehand about it.

Irked Dhawan tweeted, “Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told tht my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to SA. Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents fr my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment.”

In response, Emirate Airline issued a statement and clarified, “Since 1 June 2015, according to South African regulations. Anyone travelling to the country with a minor under 18 needs to prove parenthood or guardianship. While adults travelling alone with their children need to show that they have the consent of their non-travelling partner.”

“Like all airlines, we must comply with the laws of every country in which we operate and this is a shared responsibility with passengers, who are required to hold valid travel documents for all countries on their itinerary,” the statement further read.

India will play three Tests, six ODIs and three T20Is against the Proteas, with the first Test starting January 5.