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Iran expels foreign steward over Persian Gulf row

22 February 2010 [13:12] - TODAY.AZ
A Greek steward working for an Iranian airliner has been dismissed over insistence on the use of a forged term instead of Persian Gulf and threatening passengers during a flight.
The steward working for Kish Air had reportedly threatened to arrest passengers who complained against the use of the forged term 'Arabian Gulf' on the plane's in-flight monitors instead of the internationally-recognized term 'Persian Gulf.'

Iran's Minister of Roads and Transportation Hamid Behbahani warned on Sunday that any foreign airline that uses the forged term will be barred from Iran's airspace, Mehr news agency reported.

He has also ordered Iran's civil aviation authority to reprimand the Kish Air officials.

Gholam-Reza Rezayian, the head of Iran's Immigration and Foreign Nationals Police, said the Greek steward was summoned to the Kish police on Saturday night and his residency permit was cancelled "due to his inappropriate and irresponsible behavior."

When the foreign steward used the forged term, Iranian passengers protested but he insulted the passengers.

The Greek attendant had even claimed that he has the authority to arrest the Iranian passengers who had protested against his misbehavior, Rezayian added.

/Press TV/

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