A teenager was found hiding in the cargo hold of an Emirates plane at Dubai airport after an eight-hour flight from China.
The boy sneaked on board Flight EK303 on Friday after jumping a security fence in Shanghai.
He was planning to get rich in Dubai.
The Evening Standard reports:
The flight in question is usually served by its largest aircraft, the double-decker Airbus A380, and lasts for more than eight hours.
The teenager, whose condition is currently unknown, is thought to be a 16-year-old named Xu, China’s official Xinhua News Agency said.
The agency reported the youngster wanted to make the journey because he had allegedly heard that beggars in Dubai could earn hundreds of thousands of yuan annually.
Xinhua reported that the Chinese consulate had sent staff to the airport to learn more about the situation.
A translator appointed by prosecutors said the teen jumped over a fence at the Shanghai airport and climbed into the cargo hold while a security guard looked away, the agency said.
An Emirates spokesman said in a statement: “We are cooperating fully with authorities in Dubai and as this is a police matter we are unable to comment further at this time.”
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