Passenger On JFK-Bound Icelandair Flight Restrained After Getting Drunk

2:18 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
Restrained Passenger Reportedly On IcelandAir Flight (credit:
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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) -- A passenger aboard an Icelandair flight had to be restrained with duct tape by fellow passengers after going on a rampage Thursday.

According to Icelandic media outlet, the passenger began acting out two hours before the flight was set to land. He reportedly had been drinking heavily, and allegedly began ranting, spitting and threatening the crew before he was restrained.

Andy Ellwood, a contributor with Forbes, was aboard the flight and snapped a photo which quickly went viral.

On his Tumblr account, Ellwood wrote the passenger "drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight," "tried to choke the woman next to him" and was "screaming the plane was going to crash."

The photo shows a man bound to his chair with plastic ties and tape.

The passenger was escorted off the flight when it landed at JFK.

Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport, told reporters that police took the 46-year-old man to a hospital after determining that he was drunk. No charges were filed, he said. The passenger's name wasn't released, the Associated Press reported.

Meanwhile, on Friday afternoon, Port Authority police at Newark Liberty Airport removed a woman from a United flight arriving from Stockholm after reports she was intoxicated and disorderly.

Marsico said she was taken to a hospital while police investigated.

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