Expat who dozed off and missed repatriation flight from Dubai flies home Filed on July 5, 2020 | Last updated on July 5, 2020 at 06.12 am
Expat, dozed off, missed, repatriation flight, Dubai, flies home

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He fell asleep in the waiting area of Terminal 3 as the other 426 passengers boarded the flight.

A 53-year old Indian expat, who fell asleep and missed his flight back home, has flown to Kerala after spending a night at the Dubai International Airport. P. Shajahan, a storekeeper, flew to Thiruvananthapuram on Saturday. He was originally supposed to fly on an Emirates flight chartered by the Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre (KMCC) Dubai on Friday.

He fell asleep in the waiting area of Terminal 3 as the other 426 passengers boarded the flight. After he woke up, Shajahan had to stay put at the airport as his visa was cancelled.

S. Nizamudeen, who coordinated the charter flight, told Khaleej Times that Shajahan dozed off as he had not slept all night. "When he woke up, he was in a state of shock. We managed to get him a seat on an Emirates flight on Saturday."

Jasimkhan Kallambalam, organising secretary of KMCC Thiruvananthapuram, said he went to the airport to meet him on Friday. "We helped him with some money for food through another volunteer working at the airport." 


Anjana Sankar

Anjana Sankar is a UAE-based journalist chasing global stories of conflict, migration and human rights. She has reported from the frontlines of the wars in Yemen and Syria and has extensively written on the refugee crisis in Bangladesh, Iraq and Europe. From interviewing Daesh militants to embedding with the UAE army in Yemen, and covering earthquakes, floods, terrorist attacks and elections, she has come out scathe-free from the most dangerous conflict zones of the world. Riding on over 14 years of experience, Anjana currently is an Assistant Editor with Khaleej Times and leads the reporting team. She often speaks about women empowerment on her Facebook page that has 40,000 plus followers.

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