Omar Alghabra, Canada’s transport minister and Member of Parliament for the Mississauga Center, announced a new set of penalties for passengers on the Dec. 30 Sunwing Airlines flight for failing to comply with vaccination rules and not wearing a mask.
The agency said the fines could be up to $5,000 each (about $3,970).
Stranded in Mexico
Members of the rowdy group seen in videos dancing, drinking and vaping maskless aboard the flight to Cancun were trapped in Mexico in early January after their return flight to Canada was scrubbed and other airlines refused to take them home. fly.
Sunwing canceled their return flight, which was scheduled for Jan. 5, because the group did not agree to the terms it had outlined, the airline said.
Sunwing said in a statement at the time that the decision to cancel the group’s flight back to Canada was “based on the group’s refusal to accept all terms and conditions and our security team’s assessment that non-compliance would likely be based on their previous disruptive behavior on board.”
Two other airlines also refused to fly them back.
The group flew to Cancun on the charter flight for a trip organized by “exclusive private group” 111 Private Club.
Trudeau: ‘A slap in the face’
According to Transport Canada, the flight was carrying a total of 154 passengers. The passengers had to be fully vaccinated in accordance with a civil aviation order related to Covid-19.
A video of the passengers’ behaviour, showing dancing and drinking in the aisles, sparked outrage in Canada and rebuked Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
“It’s a slap in the face to see people endangering themselves, their fellow citizens, endangering airline personnel by being completely irresponsible,” Trudeau said at a January briefing.