Drunk and Disorderly Airline Passenger Taped to Seat


Photo: Andy Ellwood

What to do when an airline passenger got drunk and become disorderly? New York businessman Andy Ellwood posted this photo of a man who had a wee bit too much to drink on an Icelandair flight:

Passanger 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 tie him up for the rest of the flight. He was escorted off the flight by police when it landed.

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Interesting that the other passengers were the ones that subdued him. I imagine they had more legal freedom to do it than the flight crew??
I was on a bus once when a drunk passenger physically attacked the driver. The conductor and several other passengers subdued him. When he came back up the aisle for another go, a big beefy passenger got up and did something to his neck and the drunk dropped like a stone...and was quiet after that. At the first stop after that, the bus driver came back and bodily threw the drunk out the door. (This all happened in Eastern Europe where people don't tend to worry much about liability.) It made for a very interesting trip, for sure, if a bit nerve-wracking at times.
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I have a pair of custom-made silicone earplugs in my purse at all times, specifically to help me get through a world that is often loud and abrasive, with my nervous system intact. (Drugs are not an option for me). I've found being able to 'turn the volume down' improves my mental/emotional state enormously. I have purchased these earplugs to keep from spending hours entertaining the fantasy of doing to others (or something even less pleasant) exactly what the passengers on that flight did to Mr. Drunk and Violent. No doubt he feels *he's* the victim. In a confined space thousands of feet in the air over open ocean, I wonder if he eventually comprehended how humanely he was treated.
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