False coronavirus claim on WestJet flight from Toronto to Jamaica

A man was arrested for mischief after he reportedly announced on a plane bound for Jamaica that he had coronavirus, forcing it to return to Toronto.

In a statement, a spokesperson for WestJet, Morgan Bell, said law enforcement and medical officials were requested to meet the flight when it arrived back in Toronto.

“Out of an abundance of caution, our crew followed all protocols for infectious disease on board, including sequestering an individual who made an unfounded claim regarding coronavirus,” Bell wrote.

“Due to the involvement of law enforcement, as well as the privacy of our guests, we are not able to provide additional information about the incident at this time.”

The 29-year-old Ontario man has since been charged with mischief. He will appear in court on March 9 in Brampton.

Two flights were cancelled due to the incident on Monday and WestJet said they would be adding an extra flight on Tuesday, both to and from Montego Bay, for those affected.