Man arrested on WestJet plane after falsely claiming to have coronavirus
Ontario police arrested a man for claiming to have coronavirus as a prank on a WestJet flight this Monday afternoon.
The WestJet flight, headed to Montego Bay, departed Toronto at around 10 a.m.. Halfway through the flight, the man stood up and told passengers and crew that he had coronavirus.
The plane was forced to return to Toronto — delaying the plans of the other 243 travellers onboard. The 29-year-old from Thornhill has since been charged with mischief. He will appear in court on March 9 in Brampton.
WestJet apologized for the incident, calling the man an "unruly guest."
Flight WS2702 today returned to Toronto due to an unruly guest. We apologize for any inconveniences.— WestJet (@WestJet) February 3, 2020
Following the incident, Canadians have been taking to Twitter to express how they feel about the whole situation.
Some think that the man should be put on the "no fly" list.
@WestJet & @aircanada should ban him from flying for 10 years. Anyone with the maturity of a 5 yr old shouldn’t fly unless accompanied by an adult 😂😂 https://t.co/zw4CVRVdZI— Donald B (@Belodo) February 4, 2020
And others were encouraging WestJet to sue.
Apparently it is true. You can't fix stupid. Hope Westjet sues and makes him pay all the costs. Including compensating other passengers for reduced vacations. https://t.co/JJIeVb1ByN— Simon Crouch (@FoodFarmNews) February 4, 2020
One person was just very confused about the whole situation.
I don't understand what his objective was. Was he trying to be funny? Was he drunk? High? Trying to extort WestJet? Whatever, hopefully he will be charged the full cost of this amazingly stupid stunt.— Tim Daciuk (@TimDaciuk) February 4, 2020
And this person applauded WestJet for their impressive response to the foolish prank.
Westjet had no reason to apologize, though it's nice that they did. They did exactly what they should have done. It sounds like @WestJet handled everything properly and handled it well.— Fearless Warrior (@YOW_Warrior) February 4, 2020
The passengers on the cancelled flight departed Toronto for Jamaica this morning at 6:45 a.m. instead.
There have been four confirmed cases of coronavirus in Canada so far.
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