RCMP say Winnipeg man faces fine for not wearing mask on airline flight

WINNIPEG — Manitoba RCMP say they've been called for a second time this month because an airline passengers was not wearing a mask while flying.

The Mounties say they responded to a report Monday night of an unruly passenger on a flight from Vancouver to Winnipeg, and were told that the man had refused directions to wear a protective mask.

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They say a 39-year-old Winnipeg man is facing a charge of refusing to comply with flight crew instructions, which carries a maximum fine of $5,000.

On June 14, a flight from Vancouver to Toronto was diverted to Winnipeg due to an alleged unruly passenger.

RCMP said a 60-year-old man from Surrey, B.C. was charged after lighting a cigarette during the flight and refusing to wear a mask.

The accused in that case was remanded in custody on charges including mischief, smoking onboard an aircraft and refusing to comply with flight crew instructions.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 24, 2020.

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