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.
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.