Hogtied in the Sky
Airline travel has grown increasingly annoying and expensive. Even after buying high-priced tickets, paying outrageous baggage fees and passing through security checkpoints that can be more invasive than rectal exams, you still have to get on the plane and fly for hours in a cramped space with total strangers.
Apparently a man on the flight went crazy and started behaving in a threatening way. According to airline spokesman Michael Raucheisen, he was “hitting, screaming and spitting at other passengers, while yelling profanities.”
So what did the Iceland Air personnel do to eliminate this threat? They subdued the passenger, strapped him to a seat using zip ties and then wrapped him in duct tape, which includes covering his mouth.
Raucheisen later said that this is standard operating procedure. “This equipment is on board all our flights in case an incident like this arises.”
Once the flight landed at JFK Airport in New York, the unruly passenger was arrested and taken to a local hospital. He has yet to be charged for any crime, but let this be a warning to anyone who travels on Iceland Air: get out of line and you may not be so lucky.
Posted on January 7, 2013, in Perspectives and tagged air travel, commentary, crime, current-events, Iceland, Iceland Air, new york, news, perspectives, transportation. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.