How many liqs does it take to end up like this? A man from Iceland on his way to Jamaica to meet his fianceé ended up duct taped to his seat after getting all crazy touching and groping people and screaming that the plane was going down once he’d downed several bottles of duty-free liquor during his flight to JFK.
Via NY Post reports:
Gudmundur Karl Arthorsson, 46, tried to choke and grope several people and was spitting all over the cabin when passengers pounced on him about halfway into the Thursday flight from Reykjavik, Iceland.
“He drank an entire bottle of hard liquor two to three hours into the flight,” said Manhattan resident Andy Ellwood, who posted on his blog a photo of Arthorsson taped to his seat.
Arthorsson looked so loaded, a flight attendant confiscated two liquor bottles, a source said.
The relentless drunk then “went into the seat pocket in front of him and began consuming a variety of mini bottles,” the source added.
His choice of booze included Grand Marnier, whiskey and schnapps, a source said.
Arthorsson was fairly calm until about 4 p.m., nearly two hours before the flight was scheduled to land.
He “became intoxicated, verbally abusive toward the flight crew as well as other passengers,” a police source said.
Two female passengers next to the alleged drunk, who was sitting in seat 23C, felt uncomfortable and asked the flight crew to switch seats, which two Guatemalan men agreed to do.
Then Arthorsson got violent.
“He tried to grope and strangle fellow passengers and they said absolutely not,” Ellwood said.
He tried to “choke the woman next to him” and was “screaming the plane was going to crash,” according to accounts from terrified passengers.
“Just think of a typical drunk, when he starts taking fighting poses,” a police source said, adding that Arthorsson appeared to be “completely out of his mind.”
The two Guatemalan men got fed up with Arthorsson’s antics and pinned him to his seat.
An off-duty captain helped the good Samaritans hold him down while Icelandair’s flight crew closed in with green duct tape and Flex cuffs, which they used to bind the man around the ankles and knees.
They duct-taped Arthorsson to his seat and gagged his big mouth — just for good measure.
“Police took him when the plane landed,” Ellwood said.
Arthorsson was so drunk that when cops hauled him off the jet at Kennedy Airport, he became terrified and yelled, “There’s a snake on my leg!” a law-enforcement source said.
He was taken to Jamaica Hospital and treated for alcohol poisoning.
Arthorsson, a citizen of Iceland, works in Trinidad and Tobago as a civil engineer, a law-enforcement source said.
Cops interviewed Arthorsson, the flight crew and several passengers.
While it’s a crime to be “drunk and disorderly” on a plane, federal authorities declined to prosecute the menace because passengers wouldn’t come forward to detail his threatening behavior, a source said.
Icelandair did not reply to a request for comment.
SMH acting all crazy and they still aren’t going to prosecute him. Had it been a black man this guy may not have survived the flight. Just sayin’!
Photo Credit: Andy Ellwood
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