An Thornhill, Ontario man may learn the hard way that airlines and police don’t have much of a sense of humor when it comes to pranks that hinder flight operations.
Yesterday, a few hours into a flight from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica, a man stood up and began announcing he was recently in China and had the coronavirus. This information, when shared with the flight crew, ultimately led to the flight turning around over Florida and returning to Toronto.
WestJet said in a statement the crew followed all protocols for infectious disease on board, including sequestering the man; including giving him a mask and gloves and moving him to the back of the plane.
The airline also said they apologized to the other 243 passengers affected by the two cancelled flights. They then said another flight would be added Today to accommodate those who couldn’t fly yesterday.
Police said the plane landed around 2:10 p.m. ET Monday, and the man, a 29-year-old from nearby Thornhill, was arrested and charged with mischief. He is scheduled to appear in court on March 9.
While there are many kinds of Mischief charges, it is possible he is facing up to 10 years imprisonment, and a $5000.00 fine. Though if the charges involve endangering life, according to the criminal code of Canada, he could be facing an imprisonment term of life.
Story from CBC.