This passenger broke more than just COVID-19 flight protocols. Since the start of COVID-19, both airport and airplane experiences have been quite different. First of all, there is a whole slew of new health and safety protocols for visitors and staff to follow. On a recent flight departing from Vancouver on Sunday, June 14, a particularly unruly passenger broke both pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 rules all in one flight.
The unruly Vancouver passenger not only refused to wear a mask, but he was also caught lighting a cigarette, according to The Canada Press with 570 News.
The flight, originally headed for Toronto, was forced to divert and land in Winnipeg where the man was arrested by the Winnipeg RCMP.
According to the Canadian Press, the man is 60-years-old and comes from Surrey, B.C.
His infractions cost him a mischief charge of over $5,000 and he's facing additional fines that could rack him up a bill of $13,000.
Smoking on an aircraft is against the Canadian aviation security regulations, this is one of the reasons his penalties could be so severe.
A spokesperson from the Vancouver Airport confirmed with Narcity that this passenger was flying with WestJet.
The new airport health rules in place for the foreseeable future while the world works to recover from COVID-19. Meanwhile, the old rules such as not being allowed to smoke on a plane are still business as usual.
While the man was arrested by the RCMP in Winnipeg, it has not been disclosed if he's been released or when his exact punishment will be decided upon.
While you may expect flying to be a little different than you remember it, you probably didn't anticipate that people would be going this rouge.
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A ranking of the world's top 100 suites for 2021 has been released by Elite Traveler and only one Canadian suite appeared on the list. The Orchid Suite at the Shangri-La Hotel in Vancouver made the cut and it's a sight to behold.
The suite is bigger than a lot of Vancouver apartments, measuring at 1,395 square feet or 2,000 square feet if you expand to book two bedrooms.
In the video, we see perhaps the most luxurious bathtub in existence along with a massive private patio overlooking the city's skyline. According to Elite Traveler, the suite costs $3,000 to rent for two bedrooms.
Naturally, there's a stocked bar and an espresso machine so you can live in true luxury from morning to night.
Other suites around the world that made the list include ones from Italy, Tunisia, France, Thailand, and so many more. Who knew we had something this luxurious right here in Canada?
In their statement, the NHL team said, "Our organization does not accept sexual misconduct of any kind and the claims as reported are being treated very seriously by us."
They continue to say that Virtanen has been placed on leave while they conduct an independent investigation.
According to CTV News, the sexual assault allegations were made via Instagram as well as in an interview with Glacier Media. No further information on the allegations has been made available at this time.
#BREAKING: Workers Strike at Vancouver Federal Quarantine Hotel, Pacific Gateway, Over Mass Firings & Devastating R… https://t.co/CyPP8v8CU7
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According to the union's press release, the hotel has fired over 100 of its workers, with nearly two-thirds of those people being women. The women who are leading the strike say Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "promised a 'feminist recovery' but won't protect the women at the hotel he controls."
"Prime Minister, I was fired this past weekend after 27 years of service. Is this what you call a feminist recovery? I have 3 girls - one in Grade 5, one in high school, and another in college. Pacific Gateway is outright attacking women and our federal government is doing nothing to stop it," said Pardeep Thandi in the release, a room attendant from the hotel. "You said you would prioritize women in Canada's economic recovery — but you've failed us. That's why I'm on the picket line today. We're not going to give up on everything we worked so hard for."
For nearly a year now the Pacific Gateway has been a designated quarantine hotel, which is a place for travellers to carry out the current government-mandated quarantine period. Since its designation, the Red Cross was brought in from the federal government and has apparently taken up many of the jobs the hotel's workers were already performing.
In an email statement to Narcity, Kevin Woolliams, Labours Relations Consultant, wrote that the current agreement between the hotel and the union expired in 2018, and that the employer has "offered bargaining dates to the union, only to have them rejected." "Negotiations have been stalled since February, and we are disappointed that the union has chosen to now strike instead of negotiating further."