Last updated: 01:55 PM ET, Wed June 01 2016

Stowaway Sneaks on Emirates Flight From China to Dubai

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | June 01, 2016

Stowaway Sneaks on Emirates Flight From China to Dubai

Photo courtesy of Emirates

A 16-year-old male from China was caught in Dubai after sneaking onboard an Emirates plane in order to make a living begging at Dubai International Airport.

According to, the young man — identified only as Xu — was discovered in the cargo hold of Emirates Flight EK303 after it landed in the United Arab Emirates following a journey from Shanghai, China.

Xu reportedly climbed a fence at the airport in China and snuck into the cargo hold of the Emirates plane while security officers were not paying attention. The young man allegedly told authorities that he heard beggars in Dubai make a good living and that’s why he made the dangerous journey.

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Emirates Flight EK303 typically is flown with the Airbus A380 and can last over eight hours, but the airline did not provide any further details on the condition of the stowaway.

“We are cooperating fully with authorities in Dubai and as this is a police matter we are unable to comment further at this time,” Emirates told in an official statement.


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