A drunken passenger on a New York-bound intercontinental flight was duct-taped to his seat by his fellow passengers after attacking one woman and screaming the plane was going to crash.
Passenger Andy Ellwood, who took a photo of the man restrained, wrote an account of the incident on his Tumblr page.
‘(Passenger) drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday,’ Ellwood wrote.
Restrained: The unidentified man’s fellow passengers taped him to a chair after he went on a drunken rampage, spitting, screaming about a crash, and even attempting to choke one woman
‘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.’
The man, who’s name has not yet been released, was arrested upon landing at JFK.
The meltdown reportedly began with only two hours left in the air, reported Icelandic news outlet Mbl.is.
Along with the rest of the man’s insane behavior, he spit on several passengers.
IcelandAir’s Vice President of Corporate Communication, Guðjón Arngrímsson, confirmed to reporters the man was acting dangerously but would not comment on the picture.
A Port Authority spokesman has confirmed that the passenger was transported to a hospital in Queens, but authorities decided not to charge him.
Drinking and flying was having a moment Thursday, as police arrested an American Eagle pilot after he failed a blood-alcohol breath test before he was scheduled to fly from Minneapolis to New York City.
The pilot was running pre-flight checks at approximately 6:30 a.m. when police, acting on a tip, boarded the plane and made him take a breathalyzer.
The unidentified pilot was arrested on suspicion of being under the influence of alcohol.
Passengers had yet to board for the flight, which was delayed two and a half hours while a replacement pilot was found, according to Matt Miller, a spokesman for the airline’s sister company, American Airlines.
The pilot is suspended pending an investigation.
The alcohol limit for flying is even lower than the one for driving, with a .04 threshold in Minnesota.