Emirates airline staff "humiliate" gay couple trying to board flight

12:09 PM | 17 Jun, 2016
Emirates airline staff
DUBAI (Web Desk) - A male homosexual couple was allegedly humiliated by Emirates' staff at Dubai airport while they were catching a flight to Durban.

Lee Charlton, who hails from Manchester, said on Facebook that he, his partner Jason and his son Kieren were treated inappropriately by Emirates staff and also shut in a secluded room for over two hours without any apparent reason.

He said that the Emirates check-in staff had laughed at them when they confirmed themselves as a gay couple. Staffers had asked the couple if they were brothers.

In the same post, he also said a female staffer working behind the check-in counter gave him a "quizzical look" and called her manager when she first found out about the couple's sexual orientation.

Afterwards, they were "shut in" a back room for over two hours and told that they will not be able to enter South Africa with their documentation.

"We were not given any further explanation," added Mr Charlton.

Responding to the allegations, Emirates official told Independent that the delay was caused due to an unintended error in the passengers' documentation. He further added that the family was invited to stay in one of the airline's offices until the resolution of the matter, however they refused.

Here is full post of Lee Charlton:

Ali Zain is a member of the staff at Daily Pakistan Global. He earned BS Communication Studies degree from University of the Punjab. His thesis titled "Cultural Continuity and Mass Media: An analysis of leading online newspapers of Pakistan" has been published as a book in Germany. He has also translated David Mathews' book "The Ecology of Democracy" into Urdu. He tweets at @alimaan.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 27 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains largely stable against US dollar in the open market on February 27, 2024 (Tuesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303 for buying and 306 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.5 for buying, and 355 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 76.7.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 27 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 303 306
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.5 355
U.A.E Dirham AED 76 76.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.2 75
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.56 40.96
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.36
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91


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