A 29-year-old man from Thornhill, ON, has been arrested for mischief after reportedly telling a Jamaica-bound plane full of people that he had coronavirus, in turn, forcing the plane to turn back to Toronto, reports say.
The incident happened on board a WestJet flight that was heading to Montego Bay on Monday.
Reports say the flight left YYZ at around 10:00 a.m. and was about halfway there when a man stood up and told crew and passengers he had coronavirus.
And so, the pilot turned the plane around and headed back to Toronto Pearson, landing at around 2:10 p.m. where the suspect was then arrested by Peel police and charged with mischief.
The suspect is scheduled to appear in court on March 9th in Brampton, ON.
Reports say there were 243 passengers on board the plane when the "unfortunate situation” occurred, WestJet stated.
The airline says the crew on board followed the protocol for infectious disease on board, including sequestering the man.
Peel police believe the incident was a prank and WestJet said the claim the man has coronavirus was “unfounded.”
The incident led to two flights being cancelled on Monday with WestJet adding that they would deploy an extra flight on Tuesday, both to and from Montego Bay.
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