Passenger Grabbed and Shoved an Airline Staff Member After Being Told He Couldn’t Smoke on The Plane

A 34-year-old Brampton man was charged with assault after police say he grabbed and shoved an airline staff member who told him he couldn’t smoke on the plane that was on the tarmac in Hamilton.

Hamilton police were called to John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport just before 9 p.m. Wednesday to assist Swoop with an “unruly passenger,” said Const. Lorraine Edwards.

Flight attendants said a passenger had been smoking on the plane, which was on the tarmac. When one of the staff members approached the man and asked him to come to the back of the plane, he became “verbal,” she said.

The situation escalated, and the man grabbed a female staff member and shoved her into the wall, she said.

The flight was leaving Hamilton and heading to Halifax, Karen McIsaac, a Swoop spokesperson said in an email.

The flight was delayed because of the incident but continued on after the matter had been dealt with, she said.

Edwards did not believe the victim was injured.

The man was arrested and released on a promise to appear. source

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