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Vigilantes Tape Groping Drunk to His Airplane Seat

A plastered passenger tastes mob justice on Icelandair.

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His fellow flyers reached breaking point.
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By Bryan Le

01/04/13

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There's something about getting on a plane that brings out the worst in the world's drunks—like French film star Gerard Depardieu, South African MP Dirk Feldman and Dutch rehab boss Bas de Bont. But vigilante justice seems to have prevailed aboard one Icelandair flight: A photo has appeared online of an unnamed drunk man bound, gagged and taped to his airplane seat. According to a post by Mezane, a Reddit user who claims to have snapped the viral photo, the man pictured downed a bottle of liquor (27% licorice-flavored vodka, say Icelandic news sites) and began causing a severe ruckus. “He drank an entire bottle of some duty free alcohol. Then he tried grabbing the women who were sitting next him screaming that we're going to crash,” Mezane recounts. “Finally he started choking a guy next to him and that's when a huge crowd restrained him and tied him up. This was two hours into a six-hour flight. Did I mention that he was spitting on random people on the plane!” Another Reddit user on the same flight posted a close-up of the offender. How the zip ties and green duct tape were sourced on board the plane remains a mystery, but Icelandair spokesperson Guðjón Arngrímsson says the bound binger was well looked after by flight crew—before being poured into the hands of waiting New York cops.

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