Radio DJ Steve Penk has detailed his daughter's "terrifying" British Airways flight out of London after a male passenger screamed "I have a bomb and you're all going to die".
The former Virgin radio presenter tweeted about his daughter Natalie's ordeal, telling how the man went "berserk", punching fellow passengers just hours into the flight to Dubai on Tuesday night, and threatening passengers that he had a bomb.
Penk wrote that it took five crew members and another passenger to restrain the man who was later handcuffed and covered with a blanket.
According to Natalie, the man continued shouting and screaming that he couldn't breathe after he had been restrained.
My daughter on board last night just before take off. Very shaken up after landing, thank god she's okay.... pic.twitter.com/nx4puGfrUr— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
Penk said his daughter was "very shaken up after landing... thank God she's okay".
British Airways referred inquiries about the aggressive passenger to Dubai police who it said were now dealing with him.
A spokesperson said the plane had landed normally, and in a statement said: "Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse.
"This sort of behaviour will absolutely not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken."
flight she's ever been on. I don't know if you've heard, but some guy went berserk on board 5 hrs into the flight claiming he had a bomb— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
and everyone was going to die. It took 5 crew and the help of another large passenger to restrain him. They had to handcuff him and then— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
cover him with a blanket. My daughter Natalie says the guy was literally screaming and shouting he couldn't breathe. He shouted everyone was— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
going to die. Absolutely terrifying. Story here for someone. BA flight 105 8:30pmlast night from Heathrow Natalie is fine but very shaken up— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
Guy started spitting at everyone which is why crew tried to cover him with a blanket. Then started screaming he had a bomb/all going to die.— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016
The BA crew on board were amazing apparently. Thank you to all the crew on BA flight 105 last night x— Steve Penk (@StevePenk) January 6, 2016