The Talker: Drunk, disorderly passenger taped to airline seat

The Talker: Drunk, disorderly passenger taped to airline seat

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

What's going on up there?

In the past two days, there have been three separate incidents on airplanes.

One was captured in a photo that has claimed the early lead on "most bizarre of 2013."

A guy on an Iceland Air flight from Iceland to New York City ended up being tied up like Hannibal Lechter. Passengers held him down while the flight crew tied his hands together, his legs together, taped his mouth, and duct-taped his whole body to the seat.

Witnesses say the man—whose name has not been announced--drank an entire bottle of duty-free liquor, then went nuts spitting on passengers, choking the woman sitting next to him, and screaming that the plane was going to crash. He spent the flight's last two hours tied-up until the plane got to JFK.

Another incident happened this afternoon on a flight from Sweden to New York. Police at Newark airport were called to an incoming flight to deal with a woman said to be acting drunk and disorderly. The woman had a Swedish passport.

Case number three is the scariest of the bunch: a pilot accused of getting on a plane drunk. Kolbjorn Kristiansen, 48, was working for American Eagle Friday morning in Minneapolis. He was supposed to fly about 50 people to La Guardia airport in New York, but was arrested in the cockpit during pre-flight checks.

Some airport workers thought they smelled alcohol on Kristiansen as he waited for an elevator in the terminal. They sent officers to give a breathalyzer and the pilot failed.

So what's going on with all this? Is it stress about flying because of 9/11? Is it stress because planes and airports have gotten more jam-packed? Maybe people around airports are drinking too much or maybe it's just a coincidence three incidents happened so close together.

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