Moment ‘drunk and abusive’ man is detained by four hero passengers after he kicks off on JetBlue flight from Gatwick Airport to New York JFK

This is the moment a ‘drunk and abusive’ man was detained by four passengers on board an eight-hour flight.

The incident happened on January 30 on a JetBlue flight from Gatwick Airport to New York JFK.

The video showed a group of Britons, who stepped in to help the airline staff calm the man down, struggle to restrain him.

He could be seen holding him in a headlock, but the suspected drunken passenger managed to wriggle free.

A woman, dressed in gray sweatpants and a black t-shirt, asked the passenger holding him to remove his finger near the man’s eye.

She said: ‘Please get it off his face,’ to which he replied: ‘I can’t just leave him.’

The video showed a group of Britons, who stepped in to help the airline staff calm (circle) the man, struggling to restrain him.

The video showed a group of Britons, who stepped in to help the airline staff calm (circle) the man, struggling to restrain him.

The group managed to restrain him and move him down the aircraft aisle, towards two cabin crew members

The group managed to restrain him and move him down the aircraft aisle, towards two cabin crew members

The incident happened on January 30 on a JetBlue flight from Gatwick Airport to New York JFK

The incident happened on January 30 on a JetBlue flight from Gatwick Airport to New York JFK

She adds: ‘No, no, no listen, don’t tell me to stop.’ A fellow flyer told the woman to ‘move back now’.

She then said: ‘Ben, Ben Stop fighting them. Stop fighting them,’ as the four hero clients try to hold him back.

The clip then shows the group standing in the narrow aisle as they bump into seats, with other passengers recording the footage on their mobile phones.

As the man tried to escape from them, one said, “Right take him down.” The woman said, ‘No’ and then began to sob.

The group managed to restrain him and move him down the aircraft aisle, towards two cabin crew members.

One passenger said: ‘Jesus Christ,’ while another exclaimed: ‘What the f***.’

Another man appeared to try to reassure someone and said, “Don’t worry, I’m right here.”

Witness Grant Saunders, who works as a hypnotist, was on the flight and said: ‘The men from the back of the plane came down to help.

‘They ended up tackling him to the floor. I felt sorry for elderly couples sitting around where this happened.

The guys got a round of applause when they left.’

Mr Saunders claimed the man was ‘drunk and became loud and aggressive’ as he moved around other seats on the flight.

“When the crew asked him to calm down, he started to get worse,” he continued.

Witness Grant Saunders said the man 'started to get worse' when the crew told the man (circled) to calm down

Witness Grant Saunders said the man ‘started to get worse’ when the crew told the man (circled) to calm down

One could be seen holding him in a headlock, but the suspected drunken passenger managed to wriggle free

One could be seen holding him in a headlock, but the suspected drunken passenger managed to wriggle free

The clip then shows the group standing in the narrow aisle as they bump into seats, with other passengers recording the footage on their mobile phones

The clip then shows the group standing in the narrow aisle as they bump into seats, with other passengers recording the footage on their mobile phones

“Then he started wandering around the aisle, the crew asked him to sit in his seat and then he started getting aggressive.”

The flight took off from Gatwick at 11:55 and arrived on time at 20:16 GMT on Tuesday.

Another passenger, called Nick, said: ‘They managed to restrain him and prevent the flight from being diverted causing huge disruption to the passengers and crew.

‘Due to their brave and brilliant efforts the flight landed without further incident.

“They have to be recognized by the airline.”

JetBlue has been approached for comment.