Abusive Drunk Flier Gagged and Bound by Fellow Icelandair Passengers

Wednesday, 09 Jan 2013 02:24 PM

By Dale Eisinger

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If you're drinking while flying on Icelandair, keep your seatbelt fastened and your mouth shut — or you could end up in a real bind.

Video has emerged of a very drunk passenger aboard a transatlantic Icelandair flight from Reykjavik destined for JFK. The footage shows passengers covering the mouth of 46-year-old Gudmundur Karl Arthorsson with layers of tape. By the time the video picks up, Arthorsson's been strapped to his seat quite securely as he cries and moans through his gag.

An Icelandic paper first published the story, confirming with a spokesman for the airline that a passenger had been restrained for safety reasons.

Before boarding the plane, Arthorsson purchased Grand Marnier, whiskey, and schnapps at a duty free store in the airport. Multiple reports said he “downed an entire bottle” of alcohol before letting loose on passengers. The intoxicated traveler attacked several people, spitting, clawing, groping, and choking them. He also went up and down the aisles shouting that the plane was going to crash.

Apparently passengers restrained the man with tape without any protest from plane's crew.

When the plane landed at JFK, Arthorsson was taken into custody for drunk and disorderly behavior. Police took him to Jamaica Hospital where he spent the night being treated for alcohol poisoning. No charges were filed against him by federal prosecutors.

Arthorsson is an Icelandic citizen but works as a civil engineer in Trinidad and Tobago, his final destination. He travels back to Iceland often in order to see his family.

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