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NRI Balvir Singh of Surrey arrested in Winnipeg after lighting up on a plane

Vancouver, June. 19, 2020 A.Gary Singh

Balvir Singh of Surrey, BC,  arrested when allegedly forcing a WestJet flight from Vancouver bound for Toronto to land in Winnipeg on Sunday.
  • Balvir Singh, 60, B.C.,  lit a cigarette during the flight and refused to follow directions from the flight crew, including wearing a face mask.

Airline, WestJet flight 706 was diverted to Winnipeg around noon, where Balbir Singh was arrested by RCMP.

  • WestJet said the flight refueled and continued on to Toronto.

WestJet Airline said:

  • We sincerely apologized for the delay and interruption to our guests travel plans who were affected by the diversion and unfortunate situation.
  • Blabir Singh has been charged with a number of offences, including mischief over $5,000, smoking onboard an aircraft.
  • Three of the charges could result in fines up to $13,000 total.