A passenger on board an Icelandair flight had to be tied down by the crew and fellow passengers after going on a rampage Thursday, January 3.
According to Icelandic media outlet MBL.is, the passenger began acting out two hours before the flight was set to land. He reportedly had been drinking heavily, and allegedly began ranting, spitting and threatening the crew before he was restrained.
Andy Ellwood, a contributor with Forbes, was aboard the flight and snapped a photo which quickly went viral.
Icelandic newspaper Morgunblaðið reported that Guðjón Arngrímsson, Vice President of Corporate Communication at IcelandAir, confirmed the man was acting dangerously, but would not comment on the photo.
On his Tumblr account, Andy said:
Passenger drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday. 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 tied him up for the rest of the flight. He was escorted off the flight by police when it landed.
Flight attendants are usually equipped with flex-cuffs, a plastic adjustable version of handcuffs, to help subdue unruly passengers. It's unclear in the photo if such cuffs were used on the passenger to keep his hands behind his back but duct tape is clearly shown to help restrain the passenger to his chair and quiet him from screaming.