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Smokes on a plane: Surrey man arrested after lighting cigarette mid-flight, forcing landing in Winnipeg

Last Updated Jun 18, 2020 at 10:39 am PST

FILE: A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., on May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A man from Surrey has been arrested, charged after he's said to have lit a cigarette on a plane mid-flight

The flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Winnipeg

The man also apparently refused to listen to flight crew orders to wear personal protective equipment

WINNIPEG (NEWS 1130) – 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.