Man fined for refusing to obey flight crew

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MICHELE Ego wanted to map out his trip to Winnipeg by using a global-positioning system while flying into the city this week.

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MICHELE Ego wanted to map out his trip to Winnipeg by using a global-positioning system while flying into the city this week.

Ego, 73, admitted to causing a disturbance by ignoring safety instructions on the Tuesday night flight from Minneapolis. He spent a night at the downtown jail before disposing of the case on Wednesday. He pleaded guilty to a charge under the Aeronautics Act and was given a $250 fine as part of a joint recommendation from Crown and defence lawyers. The court hearing was done in French, as Ego has limited understanding of English.

Ego is from Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean and was coming to the city to visit his daughter, court was told.

He is a licenced pilot and retired math professor. Ego admits ignoring flight staff on the hour-long trip and kept using hisGPS. He also refused to buckle his seatbelt when ordered.

Police said Ego’s actions caused the flight to be delayed for more than an hour.

Ego must report to Customs officials on May 10.

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