A man was bitten on a British Airways flight as he assisted crew members in dealing with a “violent passenger”.
Christopher McNerlin was flying from Dubai to London when he intervened to help a stewardess deal with an aggressive fellow traveller on board flight BA104. During the altercation, the violent passenger bit Mr McNerlin in the arm, requiring a trip to the to the hospital for a check-up.
Mr McNerlin, who works for “trend forecasting” company WGSN, took to Twitter to share images and describe the events. He wrote, “That time when you help restrain and handcuff a nutter at 40,000ft. He bites you, but it’s all OK because Captain Kendal lets you sit in the cockpit.”
He went on to say “”Incredible team on the flight, especially Hayley, who put herself in harm’s way to protect passengers. Thanks to British Airways Captain Kendal for showing me the cockpit. The bite and A&E were almost worth it.”
British Airways thanked Mr McNerlin and said the matter was now being dealt with by police. A Metropolitan Police spokeswoman said officers were called to the airport shortly before 6pm where a 21-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and being drunk on board an aircraft. He was taken to a west London police station and has been bailed until May.