Drunk plane passenger taped to his seatA drunken passenger on a flight to New York was taped to his seat after allegedly spitting on other travellers, trying to choke a woman and yelling the plane was going to crash.
A picture and account of the bizarre event was posted to Tumblr by Andy Ellwood, from New York, who said he was filled in by a friend who witnessed the man fly off the handle.
Gudmundur Karl Arthorsson, a 46-year-old civil engineer, was arrested upon landing at JFK on Thursday, according to the New York Post.
‘Passenger drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday,’ Mr Ellwood wrote.
‘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 him up for the rest of the flight.
‘He was escorted off the flight by police when it landed.’
Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico said the man was taken to a hospital in Queens once they landed.
Icelandic news outlet Mbl.is said there was only two hours of the flight left when a passenger kicked off.
IcelandAir’s Vice President of Corporate Communication, Guðjón Arngrímsson, has confirmed a man was acting dangerously, but would not comment on the picture.
Prosecutors decided not to charge him as passengers were reluctant to discuss his outburst with authorities, according to the New York Post.