British Airways has apologised to David Beckham after cabin crew repeatedly pestered him for autographs and pictures.
According to The Sun, the LA Galaxy star threatened to stop flying BA after a stewardess took a photo of him sleeping, and woke him up with her flash.
Beckham regularly flies British Airways between his homes in the UK and the United States - but a source told the newspaper the normally accomodating England legend found the attention too much.
"David will sign autographs and pose for pictures until the cows come home. He is well known for going the extra mile for fans," the source said.
"Nevertheless it was a bit disconcerting watching young BA crew members queuing down the aisle for autographs during flights.
"His privacy must be respected, and being startled as he rested during a flight was the final straw."
An airline spokeswoman who confirmed there was an incident added: "We have a very good relationship with David Beckham."
Meanwhile, Beckham has insisted he is not interested in a move to Australia despite claims to the contrary from A-League chiefs.
Football Federation Australia claimed on Friday that Beckham's management approached them about possibly playing in Australia during the Major League Soccer off-season. However, a spokesperson for the former England captain denied those reports, and Beckham revealed on Saturday he had no knowledge of the talks.
"No. Definitely not true," he told reporters at the Home Depot Center. "Bruce (Galaxy coach Bruce Arena) told me that this morning - the first I'd heard about it. Like I said that's the first I'd heard of that, this morning."
Arena, who was present at the press conference, jokingly added: "We've booked his tickets already."
LA Galaxy play the Seattle Sounders in the second leg of the Western Conference final on Sunday. The Galaxy lead 3-0 from the opening leg.
Earlier, Australia football chief David Gallop said he was not surprised Beckham's management denied the link and said that did not mean there was no possibility of it happening.
Gallop, who only recently took over as FFA chief executive, said such counter-statements were common when it came to negotiations concerning big players, as Sydney FC had discovered during their wooing of Juventus great Alessandro Del Piero.
"A similar thing happened with Del Piero in terms of the contact and, as we all know, that came to be. So let's just see how this one plays out. It's certainly an exciting proposition - no one would deny that," he told local radio.
"We're not counting our chickens in relation to this ... but obviously people would prefer negotiations to happen behind closed doors."
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