Well, this happened. A person decided to play a sick joke on an aircraft by declaring that he had the Coronavirus. More of he said he had been to China, but he said something along the lines of that.
To quote SimpleFlying:
“Approximately two hours into WestJet flight WS2702 from Toronto to Montego Bay, Jamaica, a man stood up and announced that he was recently in China and had contracted coronavirus.”
The captain soon announced that the aircraft would be returning to Toronto and even stated that he thought it was a hoax. The man was guided to his seat and secluded until the aircraft landed.
“We were just over Florida and all of a sudden we felt the plane do a pretty dramatic turn…We were flying in the opposite direction all of a sudden and it said our final destination was back in Toronto. So we were very confused and worried.” – Julie-Anne Broderick
The aircraft was diverted back to Toronto where law enforcement and medical personnel were waiting. After screening, RCMP confirms that the man was taken into custody on mischief charges. He is to appear in court on the 9th.