A Sunwing Airlines flight bound for Cuba had to return to Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport on Thursday evening under a fighter jet escort due to an “unruly customer.”An airline spokeswoman said flight WG604 had departed for Cayo Coco but turned around due to the passenger making “non-specific threats.” The flight arrived back around 7:25 p.m. and the disruptive customer was taken into police custody. The passenger’s name was not released, nor was the specific nature of the threats. A pair of U.S. Air Force F-15 jets were dispatched from Barnes Air National Guard Base in Massachusetts and intercepted the aircraft near Albany, N.Y. Canadian CF18s were also reportedly scrambled but did not take part in the operation.
This was the second such incident involving a North American flight Thursday night. A Delta Airlines flight bound for Beijing returned to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport after a passenger assaulted a flight attendant about 45 minutes into the flight. Passengers then helped restrain the man until the plane landed back in Seattle. Officials say two people, including the flight attendant, were injured and taken to a local hospital. (The Canadian Press)