'Shave it off!' Man had passport confiscated at airport because official didn't like his MOUSTACHE

  • Sujeev Kumar had flown to Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates
  • The software engineer thought the official was joking
  • He claims it was only when he asked to speak to senior officer he got it back

By Emma Thomas

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A man had his passport confiscated after he landed at an airport because a passport control official allegedly didn't like the look of his moustache.

Sujeev Kumar had flown to Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in India.

He claims as he went through the checks, the officer stamped his passport but didn't return it.

Allegations: Sujeev Kumar (pictured) had his passport confiscated after he landed at an airport because a passport control official allegedly didn't like the look of his moustache

Allegations: Sujeev Kumar (pictured) had his passport confiscated after he landed at an airport because a passport control official allegedly didn't like the look of his moustache

The official then asked him how he kept his moustache brushed.

The software engineer laughed the comment off but says the officer told him he would return the passport if he shaved off his moustache.

 

Mr Kumar assumed this was a joke but when the immigration officer continued asking him questions about his moustache and kept making comments to other passengers and colleagues.

Airport: Sujeev Kumar had flown to Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in India

Airport: Sujeev Kumar had flown to Sharjah airport in the United Arab Emirates from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, in India

He told the website: 'He finally told me: "If you agree to shave off your moustache, I will let you to go" and kept my passport with him,' said Kumar.

'He kept my passport and told me very seriously again to remove my moustache if I wanted it back and called the next person in line.'

Mr Kumar, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates for nine years, says he was confused as the official was speaking in Urdu and he does not speak the language. Official: Mr Kumar, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates for nine years, says he was confused as the official was speaking in Urdu

Official: Mr Kumar, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates for nine years, says he was confused as the official was speaking in Urdu

He claims it was only when he asked to speak to a senior officer that the man gave him his passport back and has complained against the 'unnecessary harassment'.

Officials at the Sharjah Department of Naturalisation and Foreign Affairs are investigating the case.

Brigadier Dr Abdullah Bin Sahoo, Director-General of the department, said they will study CCTV images to check whether the passenger’s allegations are correct and will then take action, Gulf News reports. 



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Probably wanted him to shave off his moustache and grow a long beard instead.

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Of course he should shave it looks hideous.

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Why do people expect western behaviour when they go to these countries?

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The uae can spend all the money it likes on creating massive airports & ports etc but when it gets down to basics, its society is like something from the dark ages.

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"Mr Kumar, who has lived in the United Arab Emirates for nine years, says he was confused as the official was speaking in Urdu and he does not speak the language." - then how did this guy know it was about his moustache?

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I had to read the original source of the story which can be found on gulfnews to understand what had happened. It seems the immigration officer initially spoke to him in Arabic about his moustache before switching to Urdu (a language which the gentlemen did not understand). The DM has obviously written this article poorly.

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