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Drunken passenger tried getting off mid-air

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A British Airways flight from London to Orlando was forced to make an emergency landing in Boston after a ‘drunken passenger’ tried to get off the plane in mid-air.

Eyewitnesses claim the man began to wander around the Boeing 777 before asking cabin crew if he could get off the plane after it departed Gatwick Airport last night.

Air stewards had to keep him seated and the pilot even went down to speak to him, before deciding to divert the Florida-bound BA2039 flight to Boston, Massachusetts.

When the plane landed, the 24-year-old Glaswegian was arrested by U.S. officers.

Passenger Mark Christie, 30, from Aberdeen, told MailOnline exclusively: “The drunk guy got on the flight and became increasingly more drunk.

“Then he started wandering around and asking if he could get off. I think that was the worry.

“Eventually he needed to be baby-sat by two cabin crew at a time.

“Then the pilot came through to try and calm him down. And he obviously decided it was better to land in Boston.

“Folk were kind of annoyed by the end of it, but more so because of the delay.

“The cabin crew were amazing and so patient.”

He later added on Facebook: ‘Slight detour on the way to Orlando. Apparently BA are pretty strict about heavy drinking on their flights. Boston looks lovely from the runway though.’

British garage band Gorgon City were also on the plane when the drama unfolded, as they tried to make their way to Orlando for a gig.

They later added: ‘Quick stop in Boston so someone on the plane can get arrested, now we fly to Orlando to play tonight.’

The man was arrested at around 4.45pm local time (9.45pm BST), half an hour after the passenger plane made the unscheduled landing at Logan International Airport.

Massachusetts State Police said the man would be summonsed to appear in court accused of interfering with flight crew on the aircraft.

A force spokesman said: ‘Customs and Border Protection took custody of the 24-year-old man from Glasgow, Scotland.

“Massachusetts State Police will be summonsing the man for interfering with a flight crew.”

British Airways confirmed the flight was diverted due to an ‘unruly’ passenger.

A spokesman added: ‘Our customers and crews deserve to enjoy their flights, and not to suffer any form of abuse.

“Disruptive behaviour will not be tolerated, and the appropriate action will always be taken.

“We’d like to apologise for the delay to the other customers on the flight.”