Published January 7, 2013
The drunken passenger who caused havoc on an Icelandair flight to the US has been named.
Guðmundur Karl Arnthorsson, aged 46, was restrained by passengers and crew after becoming intoxicated and abusive. He was arrested upon arrival at New York’s JFK Airport but has since been released after passengers were reluctant to provide statements, according to DV.
He could have faced a maximum 6-year jail term if convicted under Article 168 of the Penal Code which prohibits anyone causing a disturbance on board an aircraft.
Guðmundur reportedly became intoxicated after he consumed a bottle of the liquorice-based liquor Tópas that he had purchased from Duty Free at Keflavík Airport.
He then became abusive, reportedly spat at several passengers, tried choking a female passenger and repeatedly shouted “The plane’s going to crash!” over the cabin.
He was bound with tape and cable wires to a chair for the remaining two hours of the flight.
Guðjón Arngrímsson, spokesman for Icelandair, confirmed that the man has been banned from flying with the airline indefinitely.