promoted as A New Year’s Eve celebration in Cancún, Mexico — a six-night excursion that includes parties with open bars and a day of exploring OverallsA popular tourist destination on the Yucatán Peninsula, known for its ancient ruins and the turquoise waters of its beaches.
Your guests would start with a privately chartered plane from Montreal – A group of Canadian social media influencers, reality television personalities, and more – He was going to be hosted by a DJ on his flight to Mexico.
But the trip turned into a fiasco as the airlines stayed away from the group and let many of its members on the road, and Canadian officials promised an investigation after videos of passengers ignoring Canada’s Covid-19 restrictions surfaced on social media.
The videos show passengers dancing and jumping in the aisles, shouting without masks, and zipping around alcohol bottles. A woman vaping can be seen in the cabin. Another passenger, with his mask hanging under his chin, yells at his fellow passengers to sit over the cabin intercom and then “keep the energy up”.
“Let’s hear some noise, welcome to 111 Private Club!” the same passenger says in a videorefers to an online group that has been described as “invitation only”, founded by James William Awad, a musician and self-identified entrepreneur who organized the trip. Most unmasked passengers shout in approval.
Of the 130 passengers on board, 27 returned to Canada. Jean-Yves Duclos, the country’s health minister, he told reporters on Friday.
“They were stopped and interrogated at the border,” Erdogan said, adding that they had a Kovid-19 test and asked about vaccine proofs and quarantine plans.
It seems that many passengers are stranded in Mexico after at least three airlines said they would not send them back.
“The 111 private clubs are working tirelessly to get everyone home safely as quickly as possible,” Mr Awad said in a statement. Posted on a personal blog on Thursday. “I understand why many citizens are uncomfortable with the current situation,” he said in a statement earlier. “As someone who likes to bring people together, I am committed to hosting a private and safe event in Cancún with my group from 111 private clubs.”
The country’s transport authority, Transport Canada, said it was investigating the behavior of passengers who could be fined up to $5,000 for violating Canada’s Covid-19 restrictions, which prohibit passengers from traveling without a mask.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau The behavior seen on the plane was called “slap in the face”. to people complying with Covid-19 restrictions on airplanes and at home.
“I think I was extremely frustrated, like all Canadians who watched these videos,” he said. “We know how hard people work to keep themselves safe, limit family gatherings at Christmas, wear masks, get vaccinated, do all the right things.”
Sunwing Airlines, which flew the group to Cancún on Dec. 30, said it canceled its return flight to Canada after an internal investigation found that passengers “behaved unruly and failed to comply with aviation or public health regulations”.
“Our decision to cancel the return flight was based on the group’s refusal to accept all terms and our security team’s assessment that the non-compliance was likely due to previous disruptive behavior on board,” the company said in a statement on Friday.
Mr. Awad said in a statement that he accepted “every request” made by the airline but objected to Sunwing’s refusal to provide meals during the five-hour return flight. he he later wrote on Twitter He said the sticking point isn’t on meals, and he “asked Sunwing to try and do something about it.”
In a statement, Sunwing did not elaborate on how the flight crew reacted to passengers or whether the captain was aware of what was going on during the flight to Mexico.
Air Canada said it refused flights to 19 people connected with the group, According to CTV News.
Air Canada said, “To the extent that we can identify passengers who are part of the group, we refuse boarding to ensure the safety of other passengers and our crew.” Said.
Air Transat, another Canadian airline, said on Twitter that it refused to take passengers back home when they tried to book flights through the airline.
“We confirm that they will not be boarded based on our legal and regulatory obligations to ensure the safety of both our passengers and crew, which is our top priority.” Air Transat said.
Passengers filling the aisles compromised the flight attendants’ ability to move around in the cabin and assist anyone who might be injured or need medical attention, he said. Flight Safety FoundationProvides safety guidelines for the aerospace industry.
Mr Millam said that if the plane had been hit by sudden turbulence, passengers standing in the aisles could have been seriously injured. “The plane wasn’t designed as a dance floor,” he said.
Mr. Awad said in a statement that the trip was the first travel event planned by 111 Private Club, which he described as “dream and vision”.
“I’ve learned a great deal and I’m still learning from this experience,” he added.
Vjosa Isaiahcontributing reporting