A police unit at the airport stumbled across the man inside the terminal building late Sunday evening.
The man was clearly the worse for wear for the drink but because of his advanced state of inebriation it was decided that a sobering up cell was not suitable accomodation. The police unit therefore took him straight to the hospital.
"According to the unit he had a blood alcohol content of over 3.0 promille," said Randi Nymoen at Gardermoen police to the Romerikes Blad newspaper.
According to Nymoen the man did not require his stomach to be pumped clean, but his drunken state "was at a level of inebriation which meant that he couldn't take care of his own health", the newspaper reported.
A drunk tank is a jail cell used for the purpose of allowing intoxicated people to sleep off their endeavours. They are used on both a compulsory and voluntary basis, whether legally arrested, charged, or otherwise.