Hogtied in the Sky

Business class sure has changed! (courtesy of KDVR)

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.

What happens when one of those strangers freaks out during the flight? Passengers on a recent Iceland Air flight from Reykjavik to New York just learned the answer to this intriguing question.

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 , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I blame it on not being able to smoke on planes anymore, poor guy probably just wanted a square and a cup of coffee….

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