Coronavirus Prankster Apologizes For Plane Stunt & Says Joke "Went Over People's Heads"
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James Potok, also known as the 28-year-old coronavirus plane prank guy, has issued a video apology on his YouTube channel. In the video, posted on Wednesday, February 5, he talks about the incident, which caused the entire WestJet flight to turn back to Toronto after almost reaching its destination of Jamaica. And he says that while he realizes he created the chaos, he insists it was a case of a "joke" going "over people's heads."
Potok,made headlines this week when his apparent implication that he may have contracted coronavirus caused panic in a time of heightened tensions surrounding the illness.
According to Potok, the plane was 30 minutes from its destination of Montego Bay.
As reported by the Toronto Star, he himself admitted after the incident that the "joke" was in an effort to go viral and become famous.
On Wednesday, he issued a nearly five-minute apology video on his POTOK Philippe YouTube channel, reading from a notebook and looking down at the camera.
The footage has already reached more than 5,000 views.