Christopher McNerlin was flying back from Dubai to Heathrow on Friday when he went to the aid of cabin crew dealing with an aggressive fellow traveller.
Mr McNerlin was bitten on the arm and had to go to hospital for a check-up – but technically breaking post 9/11 security regulations was invited to sit in the cockpit by the pilot as a thank you for his efforts.
The passenger who works for marketing company WGSN, posted pictures to social media of the bite mark, and one of himself giving the “thumbs up” from inside the cockpit once the plane had landed safely and was in a hangar.
“Incredible team on the flight, especially Hayley, who put herself in harm’s way to protect passengers,” he tweeted,
British airways said the matter was now with the police, who said 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 ABH (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.”
Source: Guardian, BBC, PA, AP
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