I flew from Newcastle airport via Emirates to Bahrain. We were three ladies Arabs Muslims, when a staff member with the coordination of Emirates ground crew stopped us upon boarding the plane and asked us to weigh our small slim personal women bag. They charged us and degraded us at airport. Rest assure that all other women boarding this flight were boarding with their hand bag and their personal women bag! Why us! It's an act of racism.
For the benefit of doubt, Emirates authorities in dubai airport were shocked to hear this as I showed my personal bag. They advised me to complain, but of course with this airline they would be happy to receive your money and reservations, ignoring any complain against them. The emirates ground crew was a Chinese lady who approved the whole process, and the staff member was british who degraded us in a miserable way. I travel a lot with this airline carrying the same style of bags without any one stopping us, except this time. Pathetic !