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In these days of high anxiety in aviation, cockpit visits by pax are far less frequent than they were in more innocent days.
Christopher McNerlin got the flight deck tour on a BA plane recently – even the honour of sitting in the pilot’s seat. Sadly, he had to be bitten by a fellow pax to earn the privilege.
McNerlin, from Stratford-upon-Avon, was bitten while helping cabin crew subdue a passenger on a flight from DXB to LHR.
The Metropolitan Police said a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of actual bodily harm and being drunk on board an aircraft.
McNerlin was welcomed to the cockpit as thanks for his efforts. He later posted pictures of the bite mark to social media, along with one of himself giving the "thumbs up" as he sat in the cockpit.
He wrote: "That time when you help restrain and handcuff a nutter at 40,000 ft. He bites you, but it's all OK because Captain Kendal lets you sit in the cockpit."
BA thanked McNerlin, who needed hospital treatment, for his help and said the matter was being dealt with by the police.