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Canadian man removed from flight after not wearing a mask

The man from British Columbia was removed for not wearing a mask and for smoking a cigarette on a flight

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A line of parked WestJet planes are seen on the tarmac of Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Airlines in Canada and around the world are suffering financially due to the lack of travel and travel bans due to COVID-19. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

A line of parked WestJet planes are seen on the tarmac of Calgary International Airport in Calgary, Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Airlines in Canada and around the world are suffering financially due to the lack of travel and travel bans due to COVID-19. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

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A Canadian man was recently removed from his flight after he declined to wear aface maskand for smoking a cigarette while onboard the plane.

What happened:

The Canadian man, Balvir Singh, decided to fly on WestJet Airlines on Sunday. But he reportedly became “unruly” and refused to wear a mask or face covering, which is required on all flights in and out of Canada, according to Fox News.

Singh also lit up a cigarette between Vancouver and Toronto, which led to the flight stopping in Winnipeg.

Cpl. Julie Courchaine of Manitoba’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police, told CTV News: “They were advised this male had lit up a cigarette on board and was also not listening to any of the directions from the flight crew which included to don his personal safety mask as well.”

Singhwas arrested and charged with mischief and failing to comply with instructions from the airline once they landed, according to Fox News.

Meanwhile, in America ...

  • American Airlines removed a passenger from a recent flight as well, as I wrote about for the Deseret News. The passenger — a conservative activist who regularly appears on Fox News — was taken off the flight for neglecting to wear a mask, which goes against American Airlines policy.
  • CNN said: “This is the first known incident of this type since the airlines announced plans to more strictly enforce mask wearing.”
  • The passenger was later rebooked on a new flight.