Very serious charges have been laid against the man who caused a flight from Edmonton to Toronto to make an emergency landing in Winnipeg this week.
Security at Edmonton International Airport is under review because the man smuggled a bottle of liquor..believed to be vodka...onto the flight. He was making himself very much at home on the Air Canada jetliner...first taking a swig from the booze bottle and then pulling out a lighter and preparing to have a smoke.
When cabin crew members saw the attempt to use the lighter, they demanded the man hand it over..along with his liquor...and that's when the paassenger became verbally and physically abusive. The pilot landed in Winnipeg where police say 41-year old Byron Pinksen from Grande Prairie is charged with uttering threats, mischief endangering life and interfering with a crew member.