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Unruly passenger forces WestJet flight to U.K. to return to Calgary

Police were called to meet the flight when it arrived back at the gate and a man was taken into custody.

Calgary police arrested 1 man when flight returned to gate

A WestJet plane, not the one shown here, headed from Calgary to London, England, was forced to turn around soon after takeoff due to an unruly passenger. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

A WestJet flight headed from Calgary to London, England, was forced to turn back soon after takeoff Friday evening after a passenger became unruly.

Police were called to meet the flight when it arrived back at the gate and a man was taken into custody.

WestJet Flight 1 left Calgary about 6:10 p.m., said Sgt. Duane Lepchuk, and was turned around about an hour later.

"At approximately 8:30 p.m., the plane landed and we took one male subject in custody," he said.

Police said Saturday the passenger has been charged with one count of causing a disturbance under the Canadian Aviation Security Regulations.

A spokesperson with WestJet declined to comment, citing police involvement.

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