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Published on Friday, December 19, 2014

Air rage passenger on Boris Johnson flight admits drunken assault

An airline passenger who Boris Johnson tried to help calm down on a Malaysia Airlines flight from Kuala Lumpur to Heathrow has admitted assault and being drunk on an aircraft.

Uxbridge Magistrates' Court heard that David Morris, 43, had no recollection of the incident on the flight earlier this month, which reportedly ended with crew tying his legs together and strapping him in his seat.

Crew, passengers and the London mayor had reportedly tried to calm down Morris, from Ash Vale, Surrey, warning him he would be arrested when they landed.

According to getsurrey.co.uk, the court heard that Morris, in the first class cabin, had drunk five double whiskies.

He became aggressive when staff refused to serve him any more, reportedly headbutting one crew member.

When he was eventually restrained, the court was told that Morris would fall asleep and then wake up screaming out.

The mayor of London had been on his way home after a high-profile trade trip to the Far East and had flown with Malaysia in a vote of confidence for the disaster-struck airline.

Defence lawyers said Morris, who pleaded guilty to the offences, was 'horrified' by his behaviour.

He is due to be sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on January 16.

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