Plane en route to Canada gets diverted after teen attacks family mid-air

16-year-old attacks family mid-air, passengers face three hour wait

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A 16-year-old passenger aboard an Air Canada flight attacked a family member, causing an unanticipated disturbance. Due to the peculiar circumstances, there was a significant diversion and a three-hour wait for the passengers. The incident occurred aboard Air Canada Flight 137, which was travelling from Toronto to Calgary, according to a news release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At 12:20 p.m. local time, authorities reported to the Winnipeg Richardson International Airport that an aircraft had been diverted to Winnipeg due to “an unruly passenger on board who had assaulted a passenger.” The police stated, “The investigation has determined that Air Canada flight #137 was en route from Toronto to Calgary, when a 16-year-old male passenger, from Grande Prairie, assaulted an adult male passenger who was identified as a family member.”

The teenager was taken into custody

The 16-year-old was detained, according to the authorities, by other passengers and airline employees. Additionally, they said that the adolescent was taken into custody and then to the hospital for a medical evaluation and that the family member was treated for “minor physical injuries” sustained during the journey. There have been no additional reports of injuries, and the attack’s reason is still unknown. However, the passengers had to wait for three long hours before they could continue their journey.

Air Canada has been in a lot of news lately

Meanwhile, Air Canada has been in the headlines recently. A British Member of Parliament said in October that his name prevented him from boarding an Air Canada flight. Along with a number of other MPs from the Commons Housing, Communities, and Levelling Up Committee, Bedford Labour MP Muhammad Yasin was about to depart for Canada; nevertheless, he was taken into custody to be questioned further. “Because his name was Muhammad,” he was informed.

According to the BBC, Mr. Yasin was detained in Toronto on his way back to the UK and at immigration at Heathrow. He reported that during his check-in at Heathrow Airport, he was questioned by Air Canada authorities who inquired about the presence of a knife or other offensive weapon. When the MP returned to the UK, officials asked him identical questions. After establishing his identification as an MP and producing a legitimate visa, he was eventually permitted to board.

However, he stated that the incident was “stressful and humiliating”. The MP told BBC, ”It was stressful and humiliating to be singled out in such an aggressive way by immigration control, especially when travelling in a group as a representative of the British Parliament on long-arranged committee business. While I don’t expect special treatment as a Member of Parliament, it does concern me that had I not been an MP, how much worse the experience might have been.”

By: Gursharan Kaur

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