Drunk passenger restrained after becoming unruly on flight from Iceland to JFK

A photo posted by Tumblr user Andy Ellwood, who said he was on the flight from Iceland when the man was restrained by passengers after trying to strangle a woman.

A man was escorted from a plane that landed at John F. Kennedy International Airport Thursday night after reports that other passengers were forced to restrain him when he became drunk and disruptive.

A picture of a man duct-taped to his plane seat, with even a strip of tape covering his mouth, was posted on a tumblr account by Andy Ellwood, who wrote he was on the flight with the man when he started acting irrationally and even tried to strangle the woman next to him.

“Passenger drank all of his duty free liquor on the flight from Iceland to JFK yesterday,” Ellwood wrote. “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.”

Port Authority spokesman Ron Marsico could not confirm the authenticity of the photo to Metro, but did say a man was escorted off a IcelandAir flight to JFK Thursday evening.

“Port Authority police received reports of an individual being restrained on a flight,” Marsico said. “They went to the gate and they met the plane. [The man] appeared intoxicated.”

Marsico said the man was brought to a local hospital. He was not charged by police.


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