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Unruly passenger taped to seat on Iceland Air flight

Posted by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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Unruly passenger taped to seat on Iceland Air flight

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An Icelandic man who reportedly drank too much and became unruly on a New York-bound flight was taped to his seat, witnesses and authorities say.

A passenger who became unruly after allegedly drinking too much alcohol had to be taped to his seat on a trans-Atlantic flight, witnesses and authorities said.

A startling photo of the subdued man ended up on a blog run by New York businessman Andy Ellwood, who said he received the picture from an acquaintance who witnessed the incident.

“My friend was on the flight and he sent me the photo because we like to trade travel war stories,” Ellwood told NBC News.

His friend did not want to be identified or talk with the media, Ellwood said, but he recounted the story to him in detail.

The passenger “drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday,” Ellwood wrote in his blog post.

“When he became unruly, (i.e. trying to choke the woman next to him and screaming the plane was going to crash), fellow passengers subdued him and tie(d) him up for the rest of the flight. He was escorted off the flight by police when it landed.”

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey confirmed the incident.

“A 46-year-old man was taken into custody last night at JFK off an Icelandic flight and then brought to the hospital because Port Authority police determined he was intoxicated,” said Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the port authority.

“He was not charged ... he’s free to go.”

The man had an Icelandic passport, Marsico said.

Prosecutors declined to charge him because passengers were reluctant to talk about his outburst to authorities,The New York Post reported.

Icelandair did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but a spokesman for the airline confirmed the incident to Icelandic media, adding that plastic ties and tape are standard on board flights to help in such situations. 

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Yeah... I agree with what they did. That couldn't have been pleasant


by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:01 PM
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Mipsy
by Bronze Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:31 PM
Wow! I don't think they should serve alcohol on flights for this reason, or why weren't they monitoring how much he drank?!
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Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:33 PM


Quoting Mipsy:

Wow! I don't think they should serve alcohol on flights for this reason, or why weren't they monitoring how much he drank?!

I am not sure what the laws are in Iceland about that. Which was probably the problem. Flights done by American companies, you have to pay for you alcohol..

Apparently, non american companies just hand it to you.. (-_-;)

KeepOnWalking
by Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:35 PM
I think taping him to a chair was a bit much...
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mehamil1
by Platinum Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:36 PM
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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 

Badass. Love it. 

TruthSeeker.
by Milami on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:38 PM

 The only issue I have with this is that they duct taped his mouth. He was drunk!!! He could have aspirated!

Sekirei
by Nari Trickster on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:40 PM
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Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 The only issue I have with this is that they duct taped his mouth. He was drunk!!! He could have aspirated!

Yeah.. now that I think about it, you're right.

Still, it's sad when they keep this stuff on hand, just in case a passenger becomes belligerent

futureshock
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 10:42 PM

Yikes!  Good for them, you cannot be lenient with these people, they can be a danger to the safety of the occupants of the plane.

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

I love it!

muslimahpj
by Ruby Member on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:05 PM


Quoting TruthSeeker.:

 The only issue I have with this is that they duct taped his mouth. He was drunk!!! He could have aspirated!

True

lga1965
by on Jan. 4, 2013 at 11:11 PM

 Ewwww.

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