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Boris Johnson witnesses dramatic mid-air scuffle to restrain aggressive passenger who was 'off his head'

Boris Johnson witnessed a mid-air drama after cabin crew restrained an aggressive passenger described as being 'off his head' while singing loudly.

The Mayor of London was heading back from the Far East with his trade delegation when the unexpected events began to unfold at 35,000 feet.

Credit: Twitter/Eileen Burbidge

The mayor sat near the abusive passenger to try to calm him down. But he became increasingly abusive and was eventually restrained by cabin crew.

Eileen Burbidge was among those travelling with Boris Johnson. She said she was impressed with the "amazing professionalism" of the crew and the way they handled the passenger who was, as she put it, "off his head".

Credit: Twitter/Eileen Burbidge

Speaking to BBC News, passenger Tom Oakes said:

The crew took him down the plane and spent an hour or so calming him down.

He returned to his seat and the whole cabin were nervous. He started ranting.

They warned him three times and yet he was aggressive.

At this point 6 crew pinned him down, cuffed him, tied his legs and strapped him in a seat.

The man calmed down and started to sober up. However he was still belligerent and at one point rolled down the aisle with his hands in cuffs.

The mayor laughed the incident off and congratulated the crew for their work, which was excellent.

– Tom Oakes, passenger

The Mayor along with a number of other passengers and members of the cabin crew did make several attempts to calm the gentleman concerned but to no avail.

We understand the gentlemen was restrained by the crew and detained by police on arrival at Heathrow.

– Mayor of London spokesman
Heathrow Airport Credit: PA

At approximately 5.40am today, police were contacted following reports of a disruptive passenger on a flight to Heathrow airport. The passenger, a man aged 43, was arrested on suspicion of being drunk on board an aircraft and common assault. He was taken to a west London police station where he remains in custody.

– Met Police