Violent Passenger Taped to Plane Seat (PHOTO)

Violent Passenger Taped to Plane Seat (PHOTO)

Aeroplane passenger gagged and bound to his seat with gaffer tape. A passenger armed with a camera phone captures the moment staff onboard an Icelandair flight to New York restrained the unnamed man with duct tape after he began hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.

Violent Passenger Taped to Plane Seat (PHOTO)

Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities at fellow travellers and spitting.

Thursday's incident was getting media attention after a photograph began circulating on the Internet purporting to show the passenger tied to his seat with tape and plastic restraints.

Icelandair spokesman Gudjon Arngrimsson said the passenger was bound after his behaviour became unruly and threatening. The airline said police took the man off the plane when it landed at Kennedy Airport at around 6:30 pm local time (23:30 GMT).

Ron Marsico, a spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the airport, told reporters that police took the 46-year-old man to a hospital after determining that he was drunk.

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