Smoking, maskless B.C. man forces flight to land in Winnipeg

By | June 18, 2020

A 60-year-old man from British Columbia is charged with mischief after his flight was diverted to Winnipeg because he refused to follow the crew’s directions.

The flight was travelling from Vancouver to Toronto on Sunday when the passenger lit a cigarette and refused to put it out, RCMP said in a news release. 

He also refused to wear his face mask when flight crew asked him to do so, which is required on flights in Canada under new rules passed by the federal government in April.

RCMP were called at 2:25 p.m. to remove the man from the aircraft in Winnipeg. 

The man, who’s from Surrey, B.C., was arrested without incident. 

In addition to the mischief charge, he’s charged with smoking on an aircraft and failing to comply with instructions from a flight crew in contravention of Canadian aviation security regulations, and failing to comply with instructions from a flight crew (refusal to wear face mask) under an interim COVID-19-related order.

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