05 February 2020, Wednesday 10:20:07

A bad joke! Young man arrested...

Man made fake coronavirus claim causing Toronto-Jamaica flight to return.

Man made fake coronavirus claim causing Toronto-Jamaica flight to return.

A 28 years old Vaughan man who falsely claimed he had coronavirus, causing a Toronto-to-Jamaica WestJet flight to return to the airport, says he just wanted to have a video go viral. 

WestJet said Flight 2702, with 243 passengers on board, was on its way to Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay on Monday when the flight was disrupted by an unruly guest.

The airline said the plane returned to Toronto, where law enforcement and paramedics were waiting.

WestJet said that “out of an abundance of caution,” the flight crew followed all protocols for infectious disease on board.

The airline said Flights 2702 and 2703 were cancelled as a result of the incident, but two additional flights were scheduled this morning to make up for it one leaving Toronto and one returning from Montego Bay.

The man was arrested Monday afternoon in connection with the incident. He was charged with mischief and breach of recognizance.

A bad joke! Young man arrested...

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