The Cancun flight party started off with a bang but, in the end, the social media influencers who went viral for raging inside a Sunswing chartered airplane will wonder if the much-talked-about moment was worth it.
Watch: Passengers party up a storm inside an airplane
As reported by TMZ, the viral footage was taken inside a Sunswing Airlines chartered flight that departed from Montreal on Thursday 30 December 2021. The 20-something-year-olds onboard were headed to Cancun, Mexico, to celebrate New Year’s Eve, but it seems, the partygoers could not resist the urge to kick off the rage mid-air.
Blatantly ignoring on-flight COVID-19 protocols, the passengers erupted into a full-scale riot, hauling out bottles of vodka, releasing plumes of vape smoke and even crowdsurfing on the narrow isle.
Here’s the viral video:
Canada serves karma to raucous Sunswing passengers
It was a Cancun flight party rarely seen and, while it achieved the desired notoriety for their social currency, the regret must have hit harder than the hangover, since the crew is now facing serious punitive measures for their reckless behaviour.
In a statement, Canada’s ministers of health and transport, Jean-Yves Duclos and Omar Alghabra, condemned the dangerous and wildly ignorant behaviour displayed by the travellers.
“Our Government takes reported incidents such as these very seriously. We have directed our respective departmental officials to immediately launch an investigation into these allegations of non-compliance with COVID-19 and air safety rules and regulations,” the statement read.
Moreover, Canada’s transport ministry is working with Sunswing Airlines to determine what exactly happened onboard that chartered flight. More than likely, the Cancun flight party broke every rule in the Transport Canada regulations booklet and, therefore, “fines of up to $5 000 (est. R62 440) per offence could be issued to passengers.”
“Providing false information to a Government of Canada official upon entry to Canada is a serious offence and may result in penalties and/or criminal charges. If found guilty under a summary conviction, a traveller could face fines of up to $750 000 (est. R9.3 million), six months in jail, or both. When endangering the lives of others and causing harm, a traveller could be subject to up to three years in prison and/or up to $1 million (est. R12.4 million) in fines,” the Canadian govt added.
From what we understand, Sunswing Airlines cancelled the travellers’ return flights and, at this time, they are still stranded in Cancun with no way home.