British Airways passenger, 24, is arrested for attacking air stewardess


British Airways passenger, 24, is arrested for attacking air stewardess on Heathrow flight to Barbados

  • Man arrested after allegedly assaulting air stewardess on BA flight on Monday
  • Flight to Barbados was boarded and ready to leave when police were called 
  • Police detained 24-year-old man before cautioning him for common assault
  • Flight to Grantley Adams International Airport took off nearly two hours late

A 24-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting an air stewardess on a British Airways flight just before it took off from London Heathrow Airport.

The BA service to Barbados was already boarded and ready to leave when police were called and detained the man before cautioning him for common assault.

The flight on Monday morning was due to take off at 11.45am but officers were called at 12.40pm and it eventually took off nearly two hours late at 1.38pm.

A British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane at London Heathrow Airport in August 2021

A British Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner plane at London Heathrow Airport in August 2021

The cabin crew employee – who was not injured – gave a statement to police after the incident at terminal three of Heathrow, according to London World.

The Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident to MailOnline today, with a spokesman saying: ‘A man has been arrested for assault on a member of flight crew.

‘Officers were called at 12.40pm on Monday, June 6 to Terminal 3, Heathrow. A 24-year-old man was reported to have assaulted a member of flight crew. No injury was caused. The man was arrested and subsequently cautioned for common assault.’

The flight involved was BA255 from Heathrow to Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados, which eventually arrived one hour and 48 minutes late. 

Passengers queue to check-in at Heathrow last Friday during the bank holiday weekend

Passengers queue to check-in at Heathrow last Friday during the bank holiday weekend

And a BA spokesman told MailOnline today: ‘Disruptive or abusive behaviour is never tolerated and the appropriate action will always be taken.’  

MailOnline has also asked Heathrow Airport for comment on the incident. 

BA is among the airlines that has cancelled flights to and from UK airports in recent months due to staff shortages as many passengers face long queues in terminals. 

And a strike by Italian aviation workers caused more misery for UK travellers today, with BA among those cancelling flights between Britain and Italy. 

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