Just a little while ago, Shikhar Dhawan came in the news for launching a scathing attack at the Emirates Airlines for refusing to let his wife and kids board the flight. In a strange chain of events, Dhawan had a forgettable day. Along with other cricketers’ families, Shikhar Dhawan and his wife, kids jetted off from Mumbai to Dubai.
They all were wanting to board the flight from Dubai to South Africa. But, unfortunately, that was not the way Dhawan would have thought. Emirates Airlines refused to allow Dhawan’s wife and his kids as they didn’t have the necessary documents with them to board the flight.
Shikhar Dhawan was angry with Emirates’ way of conduct and by no means, he had to leave his wife and kids alone at Dubai to travel South Africa. “Absolutely unprofessional from @emirates. Was on my way 2 SA with my fam & was told that my wife and kids can’t board the flight from Dubai to SA.
Was asked to produce birth certificates & other documents for my kids at the airport which we obviously didn’t have at that moment,” angry Dhawan tweeted. The fact that Emirates Airlines didn’t notify the same to Dhawan’s family when they boarded the flight in Mumbai made things worse for them in Dubai.
“They are now at Dubai airport waiting for the documents to arrive. Why didn’t @emirates notify about such a situation when we were boarding the plane from Mumbai? One of the Emirates’ employee was being rude for no reason at all,” Dhawan echoed.
Knowing that things have gone wrong from their end, Emirates Airlines conveyed a strong statement for the inconvenience caused to Shikhar Dhawan’s family. “We note that the family was not able to continue their journey together as planned. We regret any inconvenience caused,” the spokesperson said in a statement.
Emirates Airlines came up with a statement that they acted in accordance with South African regulations which is being followed since the last couple of years. Just like all other airlines, everyone must toe the rules and regulations of every country. This is the reason why it is necessary to hold necessary documents.
“However, 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 spokesperson added according to quotes on Outlook India.