Other ‘Ostrogoths’ on Sunwing flight from Quebec City fined by federal government
Members of the infamous Quebec Sunwing flight to Cancun continue to deal with the aftermath of their mile-high party. On Monday, Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra announced that the authorities had imposed six new sanctions on the passengers of the flights. This is in addition to the six fines imposed at the beginning of March.
The first six fines were issued to people who were not fully vaccinated before boarding the charter flight to Mexico, despite federal vaccination rules for airline passengers.
Five of the latest fines are for similar offences. The sixth was for not wearing a mask, a requirement on board all Canadian flights.
Alghabra said fines could be up to $5,000.
Videos from inside the cabin of the Dec. 30 flight appeared to show individuals partying without masks, dancing and drinking their own alcohol. The incident sparked a media frenzy and made international headlines.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called rowdy passengers a gang of no intentions (politely: “people without a goal”) and “Ostrogoths”, referring to the tribe that swept across Europe in late antiquity. (Searching for “Ostrogoth” spiked on Google after Trudeau made the comment.)
Authorities have promised a relentless pursuit of anyone who breaks health and safety rules.
“Certain behaviors reported in connection with the flight on December 30, 2021 are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. That is why Transport Canada took immediate action. Alghabra said in a March 8 statement.
“Aviation rules must be followed by everyone, for everyone’s safety. Transport Canada will continue to investigate and impose any necessary sanctions.”