Passengers dealt swiftly and decisively with an allegedly drunken, unruly and abusive man on Siberia Airlines Flight 546 from Hong Kong to Vladivostok.
They leapt up, knocked the man down, punched and kicked him and used a combination of seatbelts and packing tape to bind him. Pictures of the man lying restrained in the aisle are circulating widely on social media and a YouTube clip of him being knocked down by angry Russian passengers has been viewed by over a million people: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3IIb8UysJ4
The problem started when the man started hurling abuse at his fellow passengers, Vostok Media reported. Others aboard felt compelled to take forceful action.
The man was detained by local police on arrival in Vladivostock.
It’s not the first time such action has been taken in Nordic skies. In 2013, a passenger on an IcelandAir flight grew so drunk and obnoxious, cabin crew and other passengers lashed him to his seat with duct tape.
The IcelandAir passenger was said to have drunk a full bottle of duty-free vodka, then staggered about groping women, trying to choke other passengers, screaming that the plane was going to crash, and spitting on a few people for good measure.
In that case, passengers grabbed the man, forced him into a seat, duct taped him there and gagged him.
Written by Peter Needham