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Man Bitten While Restraining Violent British Airways Passenger

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | April 04, 2016

Man Bitten While Restraining Violent British Airways Passenger

Photo courtesy of British Airways

A man on a British Airways flight was taken to a local hospital after he was bitten during a struggle with a violent passenger on Friday.

According to, passenger Christopher McNerlin was on British Airways Flight BA0104 from Dubai to London when one of his fellow passengers became violent with the attendants on the plane.

McNerlin stepped up and helped the crew members subdue the violent passenger, but in the process was bitten in the arm. When the plane landed safely in London, McNerlin was taken to a local hospital for a check-up.

Before the Good Samaritan left the plane, though, the captain and crew cleaned up his wound and allowed him to sit in the cockpit to pay him back for his service. shared images of the wound and McNerlin in the cockpit of the aircraft:

McNerlin shared the following on Instagram: “At A&E after helping the British Airways stewardesses restrain a violent passenger on board yesterday's 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 turned the matter over to London Metropolitan Police, who released the following statement: “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.”


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