Canadian government launches probe into wild party on flight from Montreal to Cancun where maskless influencers drank alcohol and vaped: Revelers face fines for flouting aviation and Covid rules and have their return trip canceled
- Video footage shows a plane filled with social media influencers vaping, pounding back booze, and dancing during a flight from Montreal to Cancun
- The unruly passengers broke numerous aviation rules during their getaway, and now face fines and bans from air carriers
- Canada’s transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Twitter he had asked regulator Transport Canada to investigate the wild December 30 scene
- Sunwing said it has canceled the group’s return flight to Montreal scheduled for January 5 as a result of the carrier’s investigation
Canada’s transportation minister is investigating after a chartered Sunwing plane filled with maskless passengers became the scene of a booze-filled party.
Shocking footage of the trip from Montreal to Cancun was shared online as Canada battles a surge of new Covid cases that are overwhelming hospitals and prompting school closures in Quebec and neighboring Ontario.
The passengers -reportedly social media ‘influencers’ were filmed vaping, dancing, and snapping selfies in violation of numerous air transport rules.
They now face fines and potential flight bans, Le Journal de Montréal reported, and have all been barred from traveling home with Sunwing.
Canada’s transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Twitter he had asked regulator Transport Canada to investigate the wild December 30 scene.
Unmasked revelers were filmed partying on a plane from Montreal to Cancun, sparking a probe by Canadian government
A group of rowdy Quebecois passengers defied numerous aviation rules December 30 while partying maskless on a chartered Sunwing airplane from Montreal to Cancun. One woman even filmed herself vaping while in the air
This man appeared to be enjoying the party vibe – but he and everyone else aboard the flight have had their return trip axed by Sunwing
‘I am aware of the reports of unacceptable behavior on a Sunwing flight,’ Alghabra said.
It’s not clear where the flight crew was during the ruckus.
The Toronto-headquartered leisure operator said by email that the behavior of a group of passengers on the private charter flight ‘was unruly and contravened several Canadian aviation regulations as well as public health regulations.’
Passengers were seen in video footage taking gulps from a bottle of Grey Goose vodka
Passengers in one video could be soon sharing a large bottle of Grey Goose vodka; in another, they took turns speaking to passengers over the plane’s intercom system.
A group called 111 Private Club took credit for the party on Instagram, the Toronto Star reported. The group’s social media account includes video footage of passengers cheering and screaming.
Sunwing said it has canceled the group’s return flight to Montreal scheduled for January 5 as a result of the carrier’s investigation and due to a refusal by the group to accept all terms of carriage.
Sunwing said the flight to Cancun triggered an investigation by its security department and an initial notification to Transport Canada.
The Canadian regulator was not immediately available for comment.
‘This is unacceptable behavior from passengers that puts our cabin crew at enormous risk,’ said Rena Kisfalvi, president of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local which represents Sunwing flight attendants.
‘We need the airlines and the federal government to support and protect our members against this kind of mob behavior and make sure it never happens again.’
Canadians flocked to social media to express their dismay over the party held as Canucks on the ground returned to lockdown, with gyms and other non-essential businesses once again shutting.
Canadians flocked to social media to express their dismay over the party held as Canucks on the ground returned to lockdown
A number of Canadians, including Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, took to Twitter to condone the behavior
‘If you ever wondered why so many Mexicans detest Canadian tourists, it’s because they’ve adopted what used to be solely American behaviours,’ tweeted @DaGorro. ‘It only gets worse once the plane lands in Cancun.’
Added another user: ‘In case you’re wondering why Sunwing is trending… No, it didn’t go out of business (yet). Moronic Quebec “influencers” decided to turn a Cancun-bound plane into their own personal nightclub.’
Another social media user claimed flight attendants were forced to hide out during the flight.
‘These fools acted like wild animals on their flight south, even the flight attendants hid away from them, there was zero control,’ @MarieCh48003039 tweeted.
‘The latest? Pending criminal charges/bans from airlines and Sunwing has cancelled their return home.’
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