Drinking alcohol in flight has gotten a few Icelanders into trouble lately. About two weeks ago, three Icelandic air mechanics were arrested in Saudi Arabia’s capital Riyadh for allegedly drinking alcohol. The men deny the allegations.
Saudi Arabia’s law strictly forbids the consumption of any alcohol and therefore the men were arrested upon their arrival for the suspicion of having drunk liquor on the airplane.
The three Icelanders who are employed by Air Atlanta Icelandic denied the accusations. The airline is an Icelandic charter and ACMI (Aircraft, Crews, Maintenance, Insurance) company.
They were lucky that they were not put in jail but they had to stay in their hotel while awaiting their verdict, which came about two weeks after their initial arrest.
At the end of September the sentence of deportation was issued and the three Icelanders have since been released and deported.
That’s what I call a narrow escape!
If convicted for illegal boozing, they could’ve faced high fines, incarceration or corporal punishment.
Another rather, more amusing, story made international headlines earlier this year when an unruly passenger misbehaved on a flight from Iceland to the United States last year.
A 46-year-old Icelandic citizen apparently drank a lot of booze he had bought in the duty free store. He was drunk as a skunk when the plane departed Iceland. He then assaulted and harassed fellow passengers and the flight crew which lead to the crew restraining the hooligan by taping him to the seat with duct-tape. Many people here thought he got exactly what he deserved.
Personally, I do not see the point of serving alcohol onboard airplanes. When being confined to a small vehicle traveling in the air for several hours, nobody should be able to get drunk. I at least do not want to sit next to somebody freaking out or being obnoxiously wasted.
Air rage is such a nasty thing!
Katharina Hauptmann – email@example.com