Air Hooligan Will Face Charges

Published January 8, 2013

A man who had to be gagged and taped to his seat when he flew into a drunken rage on an Icelandair flight to New York will be facing charges from the airline, who will not be letting him take a return flight on any of their planes.
reported, a man allegedly drank an entire bottle of the licorice spirit Topaz before boarding the flight. He is reported to have groped a woman seated next to him, screamed that the plane was going to crash, and spat on other passengers.
The man was reportedly overpowered by other passengers, and then restrained in his seat, using tape to bind him. Another passenger took a photo of the suspect, which was subsequently posted to Facebook and then Reddit, from where it spread quickly across the internet. He was arrested by police upon his arrival in New York.
While authorities in New York decided not to prosecute the man, as no witness would testify against him, Vísir now reports that Icelandair will be filing charges against the man.
Guðjón Arngrímsson, a spokesperson for Icelandair, told reporters that charges will be pressed because the suspect threatened and attacked other passengers, and put the entire flight in danger with his behaviour. If found guilty, he could face up to six years in prison.
Guðjón also confirmed for curious reporters that the suspect in question is an Icelandic citizen, putting to rest the question of his nationality that plagued the Icelandic media since the story broke.



News
Jon Hamm Claims To Have A List Of Reasons To Like Iceland

Jon Hamm Claims To Have A List Of Reasons To Like Iceland

by

As reported by RÚV, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm appeared on Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show, last Monday. While admitting that he had never been to Iceland, after Ferguson briefed him on former Mayor of Reykjavík, Jón Gnarr and his Best Party, Hamm replied: “This is why the list of why I like Iceland keeps growing and growing.” Hamm’s gestures at that point seemed to indicate he had a somewhat extensive list in mind.

News
Artificial Christmas Trees More Popular Than Actual Pine

Artificial Christmas Trees More Popular Than Actual Pine

by

If you spend your holidays at an Icelandic household, you will most likely see the living room decorated, or perhaps occupied, by green plastic in the shape of a pine tree. The artificial Christmas tree seems to be taking over. It is likely that you will be served smoked pork —hamborgarhryggur— on Christmas Eve, and you will almost unavoidably be offered smoked lamb or mutton —hangikjöt— on Christmas day. This is according to a recent poll, conducted by MMR. Most likely to deviate in any of the above are supporters of the Pirate Party, and the poll’s highest wage group.

News
MFÍK Urges Investigation Of Iceland’s Role In CIA Torture

MFÍK Urges Investigation Of Iceland’s Role In CIA Torture

by

Þórhildur Sunna Sævarsdóttir, Chair of the Women’s Association for Peace and Culture (MFÍK), says it is urgent to thoroughly investigate whether Iceland in any way supported the CIA’s transportation of prisoners for torture. If that turns out to be the case, Icelanders are accomplices to war crimes. “These crimes do not become void. Being an accomplice to torture is a war crime,” she stated, interviewed by Stöð 2 this Saturday. Iceland’s involvement On December 12, Prime Minister Sigmundur Davíð Gunnlaugsson announced that the Foreign Ministry had commenced an investigation into any potential “abuse” of Icelandic facilities related to the CIA’s

News
Björk Reads Nativity Story —In 1976

Björk Reads Nativity Story —In 1976

by

Throughout December, as count-down to Christmas, RÚV has re-broadcast various season-related music acts from earlier decades. This Saturday’s broadcast sported an eleven year old Björk Guðmundsdóttir reciting the Christmas nativity story, accompanied by music played by students of the Reykjavík Children’s Music School. The recording was made in 1976. Seven seconds of the recording have appeared on YouTube: RÚV’s entire video is not embeddable, but you can watch it, in whole, on their website.

News
Hacktivist Gluggagægir Arrested On Suspicion Of Espionage

Hacktivist Gluggagægir Arrested On Suspicion Of Espionage

by

The tenth Yule Lad, Gluggagægir (Window Peeper), was arrested last night on suspicion of espionage. Gluggagægir was apprehended after police received reports of him loitering outside Alþingi, peeking through windows. Gluggagægir has spent centuries peeping through people’s windows, curious about the going’s on inside and occasionally stealing shiny trinkets. His arrest record for acts of voyeurism is several pages long. Gluggagægir’s belongings, seized in the arrest, included his laptop which police have said contained troubling material regarding national and international security. “We cannot give you any information regarding the case, which is currently under investigation,” a police spokesperson told the

News
Bæjarins Beztu Beef Up Security In Anticipation Of Bjúgnakrækir

Bæjarins Beztu Beef Up Security In Anticipation Of Bjúgnakrækir

by

Popular hot dog stand Bæjarins Beztu hired extra security last night in preparation for the arrival of the ninth Yule Lad, Bjúgnakrækir (Sausage Swiper). “We couldn’t afford losses like last year,” said the vendor on duty, Jói, when the Grapevine caught up with him last night. “He cleared us out, all the hot dogs, just gone. I’d only worked at Bæjarins Beztu a few months when Bjúgnakrækir hit us last year. One minute I’m selling a hot dog ‘with everything’ and the next I’m waking up on the floor and the whole place has been turned over. He ate it

Show Me More!