03/30/2015 02:05 EDT | Updated 03/31/2015 09:59 EDT

WestJet Passenger Arrested At YVR After Allegedly Punching Flight Attendant

She reportedly also threw a sandwich

CANADA - JUNE 08: A WestJet plane taxi's on the runway of Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Wednesday, June 8, 2005. (Photo by Norm Betts/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

An unruly passenger is accused of striking a WestJet flight attendant in the face during a trip from Toronto to Vancouver.

The woman began making demands about an hour before flight 701 landed on Sunday night, fellow passenger Darlene Jerome told Global News.

"The next thing I knew, there was a sandwich that was thrown backwards," she said.

"The stewardess came up and touched her gently, and said, 'You can't be doing that.' The lady started yelling at her and said 'You touching me, I'm going to charge you with sexual assault.'"

A WestJet spokeswoman confirmed via email that a passenger was arrested after an incident where a crew member was struck, but could not comment further because it's now before the courts.

In 2014, an Australian man was reportedly screaming, running down the aisles, and trying to throw punches at the flight crew and passengers on an international flight to Vancouver.

Abdul Zain Ali, 25, was eventually charged with causing a disturbance, mischief and assault.


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