An investigation is underway after a number of maskless people were seen smoking, drinking and dancing on a flight in breach of Covid rules.
The Sunwing flight on December 30 was reportedly full of reality TV cast members and social media influencers from Quebec, Canada, who were travelling to Cancun, the Toronto Star reports.
Videos circulating on social media shows the group dancing, smoking and drinking a bottle of what appears to be vodka on the flight. They are also not wearing masks.
It is not immediately clear how many people are on the flight.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said on Twitter he had asked regulator Transport Canada to investigate media reports of passengers snapping selfies, drinking alcohol and congregating close together on the December 30 flight from Montreal.
"I am aware of the reports of unacceptable behavior on a Sunwing flight," Mr Alghabra tweeted.
“I have asked Transport Canada to investigate the matter. We must take the risks of Covid seriously!”
The regulator confirmed it has been in contact with Sunwing. It said that the passengers could be fined up to A$5400 per offence if Transport Canada determines they were not complying with regulations.
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".
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.
— Vince (@VinceSaysStuff) January 4, 2022
Pierre Fitzgibbon, Economic Development Minister, tweeted people in Quebec have been “making sacrifices to curb Covid-19”.
He called the scenes on board the plane “unacceptable”.
Sunwing said it has cancelled 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.
People on Twitter were also angered by the behaviour of passengers.
“Idiots all around with no respect for anyone else,” one man tweeted.
Another woman called it “disgusting, selfish behaviour”.
“No words,” another woman tweeted.
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