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Old 7th Feb 2020, 05:40
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Hoax corona virus WestJet Toronto to Montego Bay

A flight headed to Jamaica on Monday was rerouted back to Toronto after a man falsely claimed that he had recently visited China, where the recent coronavirus outbreak originated.

James Potok, a 28-year-old aspiring rapper from Vaughan, Ontario, stood up on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Montego Bay and told passengers he had just returned from Hunan Province, about 300 miles from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus strain.
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Potok is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton in March. While being detained at the airport, Potok contacted lawyers, who advised him to "be quiet."

"It seems to be against their advising that I'm doing these interviews," Potok said.
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The rapper has been reposting fan support of his prank on social media.

"There's no such thing as bad publicity," Potok said in an Instagram Stories video posted on 4:24 a.m. on Wednesday. "Just look forward to new music and new music videos."
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Originally Posted by nonsense
A flight headed to Jamaica on Monday was rerouted back to Toronto after a man falsely claimed that he had recently visited China, where the recent coronavirus outbreak originated.

James Potok, a 28-year-old aspiring rapper from Vaughan, Ontario, stood up on a WestJet flight from Toronto to Montego Bay and told passengers he had just returned from Hunan Province, about 300 miles from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the new coronavirus strain.
...

Potok is set to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton in March. While being detained at the airport, Potok contacted lawyers, who advised him to "be quiet."

"It seems to be against their advising that I'm doing these interviews," Potok said.
...

The rapper has been reposting fan support of his prank on social media.

"There's no such thing as bad publicity," Potok said in an Instagram Stories video posted on 4:24 a.m. on Wednesday. "Just look forward to new music and new music videos."
https://www.traveller.com.au/wouldbe...n-plane-h1lmww
If he doesn't have to pay (at the bare minimum), the fuel bill for the divert then something is very wrong with Canadian justice. Keeps saying he's an artist, I think he means a piss artist. What a plonker!
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Should never ever get past check in again. Unless travelling in a box as cargo!
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Old 7th Feb 2020, 16:55
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While being detained at the airport, Potok contacted lawyers, who advised him to "be quiet."
You don't say.
Friend of a friend was supposed to be on the return journey. Needless to say they were heavily delayed in Montego Bay. At the very least send him the fuel, wage bills, etc. once it's all been tallied up. Entitled t#at.
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There will be no charges against him, there is simply no basis for it.
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