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Unruly man restrained with duct tape on flight from Iceland to New York


Courtesy of Andy Ellwood A passenger on an Iceland Air flight bound for New York on Thursday reportedly drank too much, became unruly and was taped down to his seat by passengers and crew members.

“I’ll tape your mouth shut” is usually an empty threat, but crew members and passengers weren’t bluffing Thursday when they restrained an unruly man on a flight from Iceland to New York. Passengers say the 46-year-old swore, spat and smacked them on the Iceland Air flight.

The photo of the man subdued by zip ties and duct tape on the flight from Reykjavik surfaced Thursday after New York businessman Andy Ellwood posted the picture on his blog.

“Passenger drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight,” wrote Ellwood. “When he became unruly, i.e. trying to choke the woman next to him and screaming the plane was going to crash.” Ellwood said the picture was taken by a friend who boarded the New York-bound flight.

Iceland Air spokesperson Gudjón Arngrimsson could not confirm the authenticity of Ellwood’s photo, but did say passengers and crew members restrained a man whose behaviour was “unruly and threatening.”

Arngrimsson added that airlines commonly carry tape and plastic handcuffs to restrain potentially harmful passengers.

Once the plane landed at John F. Kennedy Airport the disruptive man was arrested. New York’s Port Authority determined he was drunk, and sent him to hospital. No charges were laid and the passenger’s name has not been released.

With files from The Associated Press

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