‘Full investigation’ into party Sunwing flight.
Canada’s transportation minister is investigating after a chartered Sunwing plane filled with maskless passengers partied and violated several air travel rules as well as Covid-19 safety protocols.
Transport minister Omar Alghabra said he has asked the regulatory body Transport Canada to probe reports about passengers vaping and dancing in violation of numerous air transport rules.
“I am aware of the reports of unacceptable behaviour on a Sunwing flight. I have asked Transport Canada to investigate the matter. We must take the risks of Covid seriously,” the minister said in a tweet.
He added: “The health and safety of on-board personnel as well as passengers during a flight is a top priority. Passengers on Sunwing’s flight to Cancun will be held accountable for their actions.”
In a statement, Alghabra warned: “Should the department determine that non-compliance with Transport Canada regulations and requirements has occurred, fines of up to $5,000 per offence could be issued to passengers.”
The party group are now having a hard time returning home to Canada as airlines announce they cannot fly with them.
In addition to Sunwing airlines informing the passengers they are banned, Air Canada and Air Transat have both said they would not allow the group to fly home on their planes.
The incident took place as Canada continues to battle a surge in coronavirus infections led by the Omicron variant.
On Tuesday, Canada reported 35,618 new cases, totalling to more than two million cases and 30,399 deaths.
The country has reverted to stringent restrictions with some provinces having stopped in-school learning until January 17. Public services like restaurants and dining rooms have been asked to close no later than 10 pm.
Des influenceurs québécois risquent des amendes salées et d’être bannis de compagnies aériennes après avoir enfreint des règles de l’aviation durant un gros party qui a dérapé à bord d’un vol pour Cancún. #covid #polqc
— Francis Pilon (@FrancisPilon_) January 4, 2022