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More charges laid against unruly passengers

Two UK citizens arrested in Winnipeg after plane diverted en route to Los Cabos, Mexico from London

February 1, 2020, 1:17 pm


Ben James Iontton being let by RCMP through Winnipeg's airport after his arrest.
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Additional charges have been laid against two British airline passengers arrested in Winnipeg Thursday.

The airplane, en route from London to Los Cabos, Mexico, was diverted to Winnipeg after a male passenger was causing a disturbance on the plane, and he was arrested.

At approximately 11:45 am, Thursday, Manitoba RCMP officers were advised that a plane from London en route to Los Cabos was being diverted to the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport due to an unruly passenger.

The plane landed at 12:03 pm and was met by officers at the gate.

Officers boarded the plane and placed 25-year-old Ben James Iontton from the United Kingdom under arrest for causing a disturbance, resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.

Upon further investigation, Manitoba RCMP officers have laid additional charges related to Thursday’s incident.

On Friday, Iontton, 25, was also charged with Endangering the Safety of an Aircraft, Uttering Threats, Resisting Arrest, Disturbing the Peace, Assaulting a Police Officer and Mischief over $5000.

While the plane was on the ground at the airport in Winnipeg, RCMP were called again, as a woman was becoming unruly on the plane and Natalie Louise Walker, 34, from the UK, was charged with Causing a Disturbance.

On Friday, she was also charged with Mischief over $5000 and Disturbing the Peace.

Both individuals were remanded into custody at their court appearance Friday.

The investigation continues.


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