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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."

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.

And others were encouraging WestJet to sue.

One person was just very confused about the whole situation.

And this person applauded WestJet for their impressive response to the foolish prank.

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.

Lead photo by

Ethan McArthur

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