Unruly Passenger Duct Taped to Airline Seat
NEW YORK — An airline passenger had to be duct taped to his seat after allegedly becoming drunk and unruly during a trans-Atlantic flight.
It happened on an Icelandair flight Thursday from Reykjavik to New York.
According to witnesses, the unidentified man spit on passengers and the flight crew and was screaming that “the plane was going to crash.”
The man was “hitting, screaming and spitting at other passengers, while yelling profanities,” according to airline spokesman Michael Raucheisen, who said the passenger’s “behavior was considered to be unruly and threatening.”
“To ensure the safety of those on board, he was restrained by passengers and crew and was monitored for his own safety for the duration of the flight,” he added.
The man was arrested after the flight arrived at JFK, the airline said.
The Port Authority said the man was taken to a local hospital.
“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.”
Icelandair confirmed the incident adding that plastic ties and tape are standard on all flights.
“This equipment is on board all our flights in case an incident like this arises,” Raucheisen said.
In a separate incidents on Friday, a woman was pulled off a plane that landed in Newark after she was accused of being drunk and abusive, according to MyFoxBoston.
Also, a pilot was pulled off of a LaGuardia bound plane when he failed a sobriety test.