Raw: 'Unruly' airline passenger taped to seat

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Posted on January 9, 2013 at 11:38 AM

(AP) -- Icelandair said it had to restrain a passenger on a flight from Reykjavik to New York City because he was hitting people, screaming profanities and spitting.

A spokesman for Icelandair said the man was bound after his behavior became "unruly and threatening" and was restrained by the crew and passengers and then was monitored for the duration of the flight for his own safety.

The airline said police took the man off the plane when it landed at Kennedy Airport at around 6:30 p.m.

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.

No charges were filed, he said.

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