BA Flight 465 to Denver, Colorado was grounded yesterday for more than 6 hours while authorities tackled a passenger believed to be reading 'a light PD James' whodunnit instead of a book from Stieg Larsson's Millennium series. Michael Simpkin of Tring was detained for several hours but was released with a warning and 5,000 air miles. 'I noticed that the movie was playing on the flight, so I thought I'd read something else', said Simpkins, whose actions are a direct contravention of the recent CAA legislation governing in-flight reading. Fellow passenger Clarissa Morton was sitting three seats along from Simpkin:'I couldn't believe my eyes. The Stewardess had just given us the little chat about which Larsson book should be read and this bloke pulls a stunt like this. A right old Hornet's nest.' A spokeperson from British Airways further commented:'It was an insensitive action but ultimately, we never felt that other passengers were in any danger. We removed Mr Simpkin and his bags and informed other passengers of the situation. Fortunately, the average Larsson book is over 900 pages long so it meant that everyone had plenty to be getting on with while we interrogated Mr Simpkin.'
BA flight grounded as passenger discovered not reading Stieg Larsson book.
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