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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 10:11 GMT 11:11 UK


Man fined for plane violence

John Henson is restrained on board the British Airways flight. Pictures courtesy of Wolfgang Kruger

A British businessman who threatened to kill the pilot of an airliner and head-butt a fellow passenger has been fined nearly 7,000.

A British Airways flight from London to Florida was forced to divert to Boston because of the incident.

John Henson, a 33-year-old businessman from Nottingham, was overpowered by cabin staff after turning violent at 35,000ft. A German tourist on board took pictures as Mr Henson was being restrained by crew and fellow passengers.

[ image: John Henson who was held down with an emergency restraint kit. Pictures courtesy of Wolfgang Kruger]
John Henson who was held down with an emergency restraint kit. Pictures courtesy of Wolfgang Kruger
Mr Henson left his seat on the plane and tried to kiss an air stewardess. He is believed to have been drunk. British Airways say that when he was asked to sit down, he began to punch a metal food container and threatened staff. He was eventually held down.

Shortly after, the captain apologised for having to divert the Gatwick to Orlando flight. In Boston, state police boarded the plane and arrested Mr Henson.

He was fined 6,700 after admitting malicious destruction of property, interfering with the operation of an aircraft and indecent assault and battery.

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