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Time for Unruly passengers to pay.

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This type of action is on the increase. Now is time to make the passenger foot the bill and of course suffer  other penaltys under law. 

Unruly passenger forces WestJet flight from Calgary to U.K. to return

Police were called to meet the flight when it arrived back at the gate and a man was taken into custody.

Calgary police arrested 1 man when flight returned to gate

CBC News · Posted: Jan 04, 2019 10:46 PM MT | Last Updated: 7 hours ago

A WestJet flight headed from Calgary to London, England was forced to turn back soon after takeoff Friday evening after a passenger became unruly.

Police were called to meet the flight when it arrived back at the gate and a man was taken into custody.

WestJet Flight 1 left Calgary about 6:10 p.m., said Sgt. Duane Lepchuk, and was turned around about an hour later.

"At approximately 8:30 p.m., the plane landed and we took one male subject in custody and charges are currently pending," he said.

"We're trying to determine exactly what transpired on the plane so there could be a range of charges."

 

A spokesperson with WestJet declined to comment, citing police involvement.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/calgary-westjet-flight-return-1.4967229?cmp=rss

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Note the comment re intoxication.  Maybe time to up the level of surveillance at the time of boarding.  Easy to say but hard to do. 

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January 5, 2019 10:22 am

Man charged after WestJet flight to U.K. returned to Calgary

adam-macvicar-bio-photo.jpg?quality=60&s By Adam MacVicar Digital Journalist  Global News ., on Thursday, May 10, 2018.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
 

A man is facing charges after a flight from Calgary to London, England, was forced to turn around on Friday night.

WestJet Flight 1 took off from Calgary shortly after 6 p.m. and returned to the gate at 8:30 p.m.

 

Police were called to the airport around 7 p.m. to take the man into custody when the plane arrived back at the gate.

A WestJet spokesperson confirmed the plane was turned around for the safety of the crew and guests but declined to comment further due to police involvement.

 

According to Calgary police, the man was believed to have been intoxicated.

The man was later charged with causing a disturbance under Canadian Aviation Security Regulations.

According to WestJet, the remaining guests on the flight were back on their way to London around 11 p.m. Friday.

 

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Gate agents are not bouncers but it’s a lot easier and cheaper to deal with this on the ground than in the air.  I would argue they have a responsibility to be watching for passenger behaviours and deny boarding.

And you’re telling me the crew didn’t get a sense the guy was drunk?  Did they think, ah maybe he will sleep it off, we just won’t serve him.

The flight didn’t get too far from YYC before he decision was made to turn back.

Most likely a case of everyone trying to be “nice” and “avoid conflict.”

 

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In a post 9-11 world where any checked bags would have to be found and offloaded, I imagine there would be the same reluctance to deny boarding to an inebriated but so far well behaved passenger, as there is to close a flight on a no-show?

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4 minutes ago, GreatSlave said:

In a post 9-11 world where any checked bags would have to be found and offloaded, I imagine there would be the same reluctance to deny boarding to an inebriated but so far well behaved passenger, as there is to close a flight on a no-show?

Also there is a rush most times to  board passengers and in particular when the flight has suffered a delay leaving little or no time for the gate agent or the flight attendant to talk to the passenger.

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10 hours ago, internet said:

Gate agents are not bouncers but it’s a lot easier and cheaper to deal with this on the ground than in the air.  I would argue they have a responsibility to be watching for passenger behaviours and deny boarding.

The requirement to comply with the regulation doesn’t begin at boarding. Anyone representing the airline has a responsibility to intervene if a passenger appears to be intoxicated. Most airlines don’t emphasize that enough in training with their ground staff.

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5 minutes ago, J.O. said:

Most airlines don’t emphasize that enough in training with their ground staff.

Exactly. It’s a tough job to be the bad cop in these situations but you’re not doing anyone a favour by letting a drunk board a plane. 

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2 hours ago, J.O. said:

The requirement to comply with the regulation doesn’t begin at boarding. Anyone representing the airline has a responsibility to intervene if a passenger appears to be intoxicated. Most airlines don’t emphasize that enough in training with their ground staff.

The practical problem as I have experienced it is the guy who slammed a few drinks before boarding might not appear intoxicated until a little while later.

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If no airline will carry a deportee CBSA will charter a jet and sedate them if necessary. There was some maniac from Jamaica a few years ago who made even that nearly impossible.

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