A Chinese teenager was arrested by Dubai airport police on Tuesday after he was found hiding in the cargo compartment on a flight that arrived from Shanghai.
According to mainland media, the boy told the police that he was trying to sneak into the United Arab Emirates as he heard rumors that even beggars in the Persian Gulf nation can make the equivalent of several hundred thousands of yuan a year.
The stowaway, who bears the surname Xu and is 16 years in age, is said to be from Bazhong city in China’s Sichuan province.
He informed the police that he clambered over a fence at the Shanghai airport on May 26 and made his way into the cargo compartment of an Emirates A380 airplane bound for Dubai.
He hid there for the entire duration of the flight, which lasted nine-and-a-half hours.
After the flight landed, airline staff found the stowaway and handed him over to the police.
The Chinese Consulate-General in Dubai sent some personnel to the airport to assist the Dubai police in their investigation.
An Emirates spokesperson confirmed that Xu illegally boarded flight EK303 which departed Shanghai at 0:05 am on May 26.
Chengdu Daily noted that while it is not impossible for a person to hide in the cargo compartment, it is however very dangerous as there are no seats or strap-on belts in the baggage hold and as the temperatures can also get freezing.
The Dubai police indicated that they may keep Xu under detention for two to three months before deporting him, as they conduct an investigation to determine if other people were involved in the case.
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