David Okesone, 72, was on his way to visit his children from Nigeria to Chicago, when he was allegedly, accused of being rude to the cabin crew on Emirate EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behaviour,” when the flight landed in Chicago, the 72 years old man was handed over to customs and immigration, who in turn rushed him over to the hospital emergency.
An Emirate spokes person said:
“Emirates can confirm that a passenger on flight EK235 from Dubai to Chicago on 23 January had to be restrained by cabin crew due to unruly behaviour,” he said.
“The passenger was handed over to the authorities on arrival in Chicago,” said the spokesperson in an emailed statement.
“The safety of our passengers and crew is of the utmost importance and will not be compromised,” the spokesperson added.
But his son is not buying this,
Chicago-based television channel, WGNTV aired a news segment containing allegations by the family that Okesone suffered injuries from the reported skirmish aboard the flight.
The Okesone family said in the televised interviews that their father had never been on a plane before, and it was his first time flying,
His children said there was no issue on his flight from Nigeria to Dubai. But from Dubai to Chicago, there was a misunderstanding that led to their father being restrained for more than eight-hours — ultimately sending him to the hospital.
According to the family, he unknowingly sat in the wrong seat. When the crew moved him, and wouldn’t let him get his carry-on. They restrained him, leaving him zip tied for eight-hours. Ukesone’s family shared images of injuries to their father’s head and where his arms and legs were restrained by flight attendants.