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Winnipeg-Bound Flight Delayed Due to ‘Aggressive’ Airline Passenger

January 15, 2024 4:15 PM | The Canadian Press

By The Canadian Press

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The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, April 13, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Richmond RCMP say officers put a spit hood on the head of an “aggressive” airline passenger who tried to bite officers after allegedly assaulting a travel companion.

Mounties say they were called to Vancouver’s airport around 12:15 p.m. on Saturday by airline staff who reported that a person posing a “potential safety risk to staff and passengers” had been restrained on a flight.

They say in a news release that after the plane landed officers had to put the hood on the passenger who was “actively resisting by biting and spitting.”

RCMP say the passenger was apprehended under the Mental Health Act.

Airport spokesman Emad Egahi says the incident occurred on Air Canada flight 296 to Winnipeg, causing it to be delayed.

Egahi says there was no other impact on the airport’s operations.

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