Sunwing Flight 772 WAS ESCORTED BACK TO TORONTO BY U.S. FIGHTER JETS Of all the weeks to make off hand Airplane Threats, this week of Aviation related disasters is probably not one of the best. So discovered a 25 year old Canadian man, whose alleged direct threats to an Aircraft forced the Panama bound Sunwing plane to turn back to Toronto, escorted by U.S. Fighter Jets. As if that weren’t traumatizing enough for the poor passengers, the Flight they were put on next It also had to make an emergency stop, thanks to a Medical Emergency. 

Sunwing Flight 772 took off as scheduled on Thursday, departing from Toronto to Panama with all around 200 passengers on board, as well as a crew of six. But, according to The Independent, after only 45 minutes in the Air, one of the passengers became unruly. A witness told CTV News that it all started when the Flight Attendant passed by handing out headsets. 

He basically just tore a strip off her, explaining how expensive the Cigarettes are here in Canada, he hates Canada, Passenger Bettina Bathe said to CTV Toronto. Then he said, with great expression using his hands, I just want to bomb Canada.

Sunwing President Mark Williams told the National Post that, after he heard the 25 year old threaten to blow up the plane, he decided that it was time for the Emergency Response Plan. This involved turning the jet around, calling in two F16s, and making an emergency landing at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. At that point, an armed tactical unit stormed the cabin, telling everyone to put their heads down, and arresting the unruly passenger, Ali Shahi. He was charged with endangering the safety of an Aircraft and uttering threats.  

Emergency landing at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport,

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