Smoking, maskless man forces flight to land in Winnipeg, Report

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Smoking, maskless man forces flight to land in Winnipeg, Report
Smoking, maskless man forces flight to land in Winnipeg, Report

A man from Surrey has been arrested and charged after he’s said to have refused to wear a face mask and lit a cigarette during a flight.

The 60-year-old’s actions forced the plane to divert to Winnipeg last Sunday. He was met by Winnipeg International Airport RCMP officers, who had been called to reports of an “unruly passenger.”

“The man was arrested without incident,” the RCMP says.

The plane he was on was flying from Vancouver to Toronto when it was forced to land.

The man has been charged with Mischief Over $5,000, smoking onboard an aircraft, and failing to comply with instructions from the flight crew.

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