Just two hours into a WestJet flight from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica, passengers had their trips unexpectedly cut short on Monday after a passenger claimed he had the coronavirus.
At some point during Flight WS 2702 the man stood up, announced that he was recently in China and had contracted the disease, according to Peel Regional Police.
"That announcement was shared by the flight crew to the captain and a decision was made for the plane to return back to Pearson [International Airport]," said Const. Bancroft Wright.
There is a special place in hell for these types of people. People who go out of their way to inconvenience others for literally no other reason than to just be an asshole. All these passengers were just looking to have a nice vacation, perhaps a few mixed drinks by the pool and relax. Anything to get away from the cold winter in Canada but nooooooooo. This douchebag has to stand up and announce that he has the coronavirus, effectively ruining everyone's good time. Must've been an absolute nightmare for the guy who took too many edibles because he can't stand flying.
Passenger Julie-Anne Broderick says she and her family were concerned.
"We were just over Florida and all of a sudden we felt the plane do a pretty dramatic turn," Broderick told CBC News.
"We were flying in the opposite direction all of a sudden and it said our final destination was back in Toronto. So we were very confused and worried."
They were halfway through the flight as well. Absolutely tragic that they could just land in the US really quickly. They had to do a complete 180 and go all the way back to Toronto, just so that the virus wouldn't possibly spread to another part of the world. How on earth are they supposed to be comfortable on that flight knowing they are just sitting in the cabin that may or may not be contaminated with the virus that's all across the news.
Why did he even get on the plane? Shouldn't he be in a quarantine of sorts? This is just all seeming a little fishy. It's almost like this guy doesn't have the coronavirus and is just trying to cause absolute chaos. What a dickhead. The other passengers must've been bugging at the thought that they're gonna land at home and be infected.
[Broderick] says she saw the man taking a selfie and telling passengers around him that he had the coronavirus.
Ok. So… this is 1000% a prank. No one who actually has the coronavirus goes around parading it and taking video of the whole thing.
The captain said he believed it was a hoax, according to Broderick.
"I guess this guy thought it was a funny joke but it's just really weird. We were all very frustrated, to just displace 240 people … it's just so selfish. We've lost a day of our vacation," says Broderick.
The plane landed around 2:10 p.m. ET and the man, a 29-year-old from nearby Thornhill, was arrested and charged with mischief.
He is scheduled to appear in court on March 9.
This is bananalands. I couldn't even fathom the level of scumbaggery that comes with a move like this. Like who in their right mind thinks this even remotely funny or reasonable. People are willing to do anything for clicks, huh? Now because of this douche, people are having their vacations ruined and for a brief period in time, people were definitely thinking they were gonna get infected.
Personally, I think there are only two appropriate punishments here:
1) He is killed for his actions.
2) He has to actually get the coronavirus.
They may seem extreme but I think they are more than fair considering the circumstances. If this guy really wants the coronavirus that badly, let's give it to him. I'm sure we can arrange for that to happen. I will say though, I am very curious to see the video/photos from his phone of him telling everyone. Not because I'll like it or laugh or anything. I just want to hate-watch the fuck out of it. These stupid pranks just are so stupid, I really wish we left this shit in 2019. Who knows, maybe this will be a tik tok video or something.