Pas­sen­ger bit­ten in plane scuf­fle

Man went to aid of flight at­ten­dant on BA jet from Dubai to Heathrow

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

A pas­sen­ger on board a British Air­ways plane land­ing at Heathrow Air­port cap­tured the dra­matic moment a “vi­o­lent pas­sen­ger” had to be es­corted from the flight af­ter al­legedly bit­ing a man.

Christo­pher McNer­lin was fly­ing back to Heathrow from Dubai on April 1 when he went to the aid of a stew­ardess deal­ing with an ag­gres­sive fel­low trav­eller.

He was al­lowed to sit in the cock­pit by the pi­lot as thanks for his ef­forts but was bit­ten on the arm dur­ing the in­ci­dent and had to go to hos­pi­tal for a check-up.

The footage, recorded by another pas­sen­ger, shows po­lice walk­ing down the gang­way to­wards the rear of the air­craft, which had just landed at Heathrow Air­port from Dubai.

The man can then be seen as he is led back through the length of the plane in hand­cuffs, swear­ing and shout­ing “I ain’t re­sist­ing mate”, as the of­fi­cers es­corted him off.

British Air­ways said the mat­ter is be­ing dealt with by po­lice, af­ter of­fi­cers were called to the air­port shortly be­fore 6pm.

A Metropoli­tan Po­lice spokes­woman said: “Of­fi­cers at­tended and found a 21-year-old man who had as­saulted a pas­sen­ger.

“The man was 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 to a date in late May.

“The in­jured pas­sen­ger re­ceived med­i­cal as­sis­tance for a mi­nor in­jury at the scene.”

The per­son who posted the footage on­line wrote: “There was a big dis­rup­tion to­wards the end of the flight.

“I was sit­ting in the rear of Pre­mium Econ­omy, near the back cur­tain, and could hear a lot of shout­ing and what seemed like a strug­gle in the econ­omy cabin.

“I peered through the cur­tain to see a man stand­ing up on the seats and curs­ing and push­ing other pas­sen­gers.

“The crew were very quick to re­act and re­strain the guy, as did other male pas­sen­gers who pulled him to the ground be­fore the dis­rup­tive pas­sen­ger could be re­strained prop­erly. KEEN an­glers are in­vited to cel­e­brate 40 years of Hare­field Tackle, fam­i­lyrun fish­ing tackle shop on the High Street.

To mark the oc­ca­sion, the shop will run an open week­end on April 16-17, giv­ing cus­tomers the chance to meet fa­mous

“A large amount of po­lice came on board to take the man off the plane.”

Mr McNer­lin, who works for “trend fore­cast­ing” com­pany WGSN, took to Twit­ter to post pic­tures of the bite mark, along with one of him­self giv­ing the “thumbs up” as he sat in the cock­pit once the plane had landed safely and was in a hangar.

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.”

And he added: “At A&E af­ter help­ing the British Air­ways stew­ardesses re­strain a an­glers, ad­van­tage dis­counts give­aways.

Co-owner, Leanne Chap­man, said: “As a fam­ily run busi­ness, we are in­cred­i­bly proud to still be here and grow­ing af­ter 40 years. whilst of and tak­ing huge prize vi­o­lent board BA0104.

“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, from Strat­ford-up­onAvon, say­ing: “We hope you are all right. I’m sure Hayley would’ve ap­pre­ci­ated your as­sis­tance board. Thanks.”

Go to getwest­lon­don. co.uk to see the footage of the man be­ing taken off the plane. pas­sen­ger on yes­ter­day’s on

“We would like to thank each and every­one of our cus­tomers for their loy­alty and look for­ward to see­ing as many as pos­si­ble at our cel­e­bra­tion week­end.”

Hare­field Tackle is on 2-4 High Street, Hare­field, UB9 6BU.

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