Thapar, a former investment editor at The Mail on Sunday, was one of a number of British Airways passengers stuck in Delhi this weekend when the pilot refused to fly back to London.
Passengers were informed of the decision as they boarded the plane and were subsequently decamped to Le Meridien Hotel overnight, where many were forced to share beds. Thapar found himself sharing a double bed with Mark Harris, chief executive of the National Lottery Commission. The two had never met before.
'I saw the news value and just followed my instinct,' Thapar tells us.
Perhaps. What is beyond doubt is that the resulting coverage has provided a nice boost for his Neal's profile - although he insists this was never his intention. 'I was looking at it more from the point of view of a concerned BA customer,' he tells us.