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Quebec influencers’ maskless in-flight party goes viral, airline cancels round-trip tickets

ByKimberly A. Brochu

Jan 7, 2022

Amid rising cases of coronavirus infection across the globe, a video of influencers hosting a party inside a Canadian airline has gone viral, drawing criticism from all walks of life, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Videos posted inside the plane – heading to Mexico for the New Year holiday – on social media by reality TV stars and influencers show them partying and drinking alcohol, vaping in the driveway.

According to Montreal Journal, involved people from the reality shows Occupation Double and Love Island and was chartered by James William Awad.

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As the video went viral, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra as well as the Ministers of Health and Public Safety said in a statement on Tuesday that officials from their departments would immediately open an investigation into the incident.

Citing ‘unacceptable behavior and instances of non-compliance with mask wearing and other aviation safety requirements’, they reiterated that the ‘health and safety’ of flight crew and passengers is a ‘top priority’ .

Prime Minister Trudeau also slammed the group for their brazen celebration, saying it was a “slap in the face” to Canadians who have followed the rules since the pandemic began. Trudeau said Wednesday he was “extremely frustrated” watching the now-deleted social media videos of Quebec influencers.

“We know how hard people have worked to protect themselves, to limit family gatherings over Christmas, to wear masks, to get vaccinated, to do all the right things. It’s a slap in the face to see people putting themselves at risk, putting their fellow citizens, putting airline workers at risk by being completely irresponsible,” Trudeau said speaking to reporters.

After the incident, flight attendants also demanded stricter measures from the government and carriers to ensure onboard health and safety amid the Omicron surge, World News reported.

Sunwing Airlines canceled the influencer group’s return flight scheduled for January 5 after they “would not agree to the airline’s terms and conditions.” Since then, other airlines like Air Canada and Air Transat have also denied them a return flight.

As airlines refused to bring them back to Canada, the public supported the move and criticized the group for its negligence.

However, after much hassle, a dozen passengers managed to arrive in Montreal from Mexico. According to CTV Montreal News“at least one of the passengers on an Air Canada flight on Wednesday evening was handcuffed by border agents shortly after arriving at Montreal-Trudeau airport”, while others refused to answer questions from reporters .