A 30 year-old Regina female has been charged under Federal aviation law as the result of an investigation into an incident in which a traveller was alleged to have been smoking in the washroom of an aircraft in flight, as well as refusing to comply with instructions from the crew.
The incident is alleged to have occurred on January 6, 2016, on a flight which originated in Toronto and landed in Regina. Prior to the aircraft landing, the flight crew requested that police attend to the airport to deal with what was described as an unruly passenger. Investigation indicates a female passenger on the flight failed to follow the repeated instructions of cabin crew and refused to secure her pet cat in its kennel. It is also alleged the same individual locked herself in a washroom on the aircraft and smoked a cigarette. The investigation, which included consultation with Federal authorities including the Crown, resulted in two charges against the suspect. It is alleged the suspect’s actions risked the safety of the 116 passengers and crew aboard the flight.
Thirty year-old Leandra Lynn NEWMAN, DOB: 1985-06-15, of Regina is charged with: Smoking in an Aircraft Lavatory, contrary to section 602.06(2) of the Canadian Aviation Regulations; and Failing to Comply with Instructions Given by Cabin Crew, contrary to section 602.05 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations. NEWMAN was issued an Appearance Notice to attend Provincial Court at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 13, 2016.