Friday, January 04, 2013

Passenger On JFK-Bound Icelandair Flight Restrained After Getting Drunk


A passenger on an IcelandAir flight was reportedly so drunk that the crew had to tape him to his seat with duct tape and zip ties to subdue him.

According to the Reddit user who posted a photo of the man covered in tape, the man drank a full bottle of alcohol, then grabbed women, choked other passengers, screamed that the plane was going to crash, and spat on people.

Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið reported that Guðjón Arngrímsson, Vice President of Corporate Communication at IcelandAir, confirmed the man was acting dangerously, but would not comment on the photo.

Here's the full description from Reddit user Mezane, who posted the photo:

He drank an entire bottle of some duty free alcohol. Then he tried grabbing the women who were sitting next him screaming that we're going to crash. Finally he started chocking [sic] a guy next to him and that's when a huge crowd restrained him and tied him up. This was 2 hours into a 6 hour flight.

Edit: Did I mention that he was spitting on random people on the plane!

Based on the photo, the flight crew did an excellent job of restraining the man, but liability issues could arise. Commenters on the Reddit post note that had the man vomited, he could have choked, and that he would not be able to exit the plane in the event of an emergency.

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