Brits Warned They Could Be Locked Up if They Drink Alcohol on Flights to the Middle East, after Mum Ellie Holman Jailed


British travellers have been warned they could be arrested for drinking alcohol while on flights to the Middle East.

The shock announcement comes after British mother-of-three was jailed for drinking a glass of wine on an Emirates flight from Gatwick.
Dr Ellie Holman claims she was spat at and had her hair pulled while she was held in prison for three days for the incident.
The British Embassy in the United Arab Emirates posted the message about drinking in the federation on its Facebook page.
Alcohol licences are required for residents while tourists are restricted to consuming alcohol in a hotel or a licensed premises.
It read: "If caught carrying or drinking alcohol without a licence or with alcohol in your blood, you can be arrested.
"It is a punishable offence to be under the influence of alcohol in public - including when transiting through the UAE.
"It can result in custodial sentences and/or a fine."
The post appeared to be part of a series on the "UK in UAE" page about consular matters.
Swedish dentist Ellie Holman, who lives in Sevenoaks in Kent with her English partner Gary and their three children, was detained on July 13 having drunk one glass of wine on her eight-hour Emirates Airline flight to Dubai from London.
The charges were later dropped.
Radha Stirling, chief executive of human rights group Detained in Dubai, said: "In light of the FCO's announcement, we will be contacting all airlines who transit to or through the UAE to clarify their position on serving alcohol to passengers.
"Either the UAE will need to reform their laws urgently, or the airlines will need to update their policy to ensure the safety of customers."

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