We’ve all heard about the British Airways London to Kenya flight that came within seconds of falling out of the sky after a lunatic passenger seized the controls. But what about the forerunner, when the world’s favourite airline’s least favourite passenger thwarted a charge on the cockpit by the Chinese light brigade? You haven’t read about it? Well, maybe that’s because it was linked to BA’s own insane dirty tricks campaign against Virgin Airlines and Richard Branson.

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