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A man calls WestJet Airlines after he said he was forced to fly because he fell asleep before his plane took off.

According to reports from BBC and CBC, Stephen Bennett of British Columbia and his wife had boarded a stopover flight in Toronto on October 13 on their way to Cuba when Bennett took sleeping pills as recommended by his doctor. He told the outlet he was prescribed medicine after suffering a stroke in August.

Bennett said his wife woke him up and a flight attendant said he "had to go" because he was a "medical emergency," according to the BBC. Medics escorted him from a plane in a wheelchair, after which he was evaluated and told that he was healthy enough to fly.

"It's very embarrassing," he told the BBC. "Basically, flight attendants become judges, judges, and executioners."

Although given clear, Bennett is still not allowed to return to board the plane.

"This is not about sleeping but about being under the influence of drugs when going up," Lauren Stewart, a representative for WestJet, told USA TODAY. "We have accounts from our crew that differ significantly from the accounts given by guests."

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According to CBC, Bennett plans to take legal action against the airline to seek compensation and apologies.

WestJet refused to speak further about the individual case of Bennett but said the airline was based on crew decisions and referred to the Canadian Transport regulations, which specify "air operators are prohibited from carrying someone whose actions … at check-in or boarding indicate they can cause risk of aircraft safety, flight crew or himself. "

"These examples include being damaged by alcohol or drugs," WestJet continued in a statement to the USA TODAY. "It is the task of the crew to assess and reject anyone who might not be fit to fly and if they refuse, decisions made with security are a top priority."

WestJet offers Bennett flights the following week, but he and his family have booked an all-inclusive trip that includes time to Cuba. They instead stayed at a hotel in Toronto and then flew to Cuba with other airlines, at a cost of around $ 1,500 and two days of travel.

"They will not help us," Bennett told CBC. "We are financially injured. I am very emotionally hurt."

WestJet told USA TODAY: "This decision is not taken lightly, but is made for the safety of the guest concerned, other guests on our plane and crew. We regret the inconvenience of our guests when such situations occur. The best interests of all interested parties to avoid risk more serious medical events while in the air. "

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