RCMP arrest male after aircraft is diverted to Winnipeg’ “60-year-old male passenger had lit a cigarette during the flight”

Winnipeg, Manitoba – On June 14, 2020, at approximately 2:25 pm, Winnipeg International Airport RCMP responded to a report of an unruly passenger on a flight that was travelling from Vancouver to Toronto. The plane was diverting to Winnipeg in order to have the male removed from the aircraft.

A 60-year-old male passenger had lit a cigarette during the flight and refused to follow directions from the flight crew. He also refused to wear his personal protective face mask when directed to do so.

The male was arrested without incident.

Airliner Forced to Land
(File Photo) Airliner Forced to Land

Balvir Singh, of Surrey, B.C. has been charged with;

Mischief Over $5000 Section 430(3) Criminal Code

Smoke onboard aircraft Section 602.06(1) Canadian Aviation Security Regulations ($5000.00 maximum fine)

Fail to Comply with instructions of flight crew Section 602.05(1) Canadian Aviation Security Regulations ($3000.00 maximum fine)

Fail to Comply with instructions of flight crew (refusal to wear face mask) Section 18 No. 10 Interim Order to Prevent Certain Persons from Boarding Flights in Canada due to Covid 19. ($5000.00 maximum fine)

He was remanded into custody.

RCMP continue to investigate.

Manitoba RCMP



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