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Arrest for using GPS during flight

A passenger has been arrested and fined after repeatedly ignoring crew's demands to stop using his GPS.

The 73-year-old man was arrested in Winnipeg on 26 April after arriving on a flight from Minneapolis, and spent the night in jail.

He was charged in the Crown Court for failing to comply with safety instructions of an aircrew member - specifically for failing to fasten his seatbelt and remain seated - and continuing to use his GPS on the aircraft, despite repeated warnings that it was against safety regulations.

The man is a resident of Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean. He told the Court that he was a pilot and routinely used his GPS when flying. But the judge explained that that didn't excuse him from complying with crew instructions. He was fined $250.

Details from the Toronto Sun below.

  • 27 April 2011
  • CMAG

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