Canadian influencers hold controversial party on flight to Mexico


Canadian influencers hold controversial party on flight to Mexico

Several airlines have refused to take them back to Canada after 30 positive steps of covid among passengers


Canadian influencers hold controversial party on flight to MexicoEFE

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MONTREAL (AP) — Passengers who threw a party aboard a plane from Canada to Mexico in violation of all coronavirus precautions were stranded Thursday in Cancun after three airlines refused to fly them home.
Sunwing Airlines canceled Wednesday's flight, while Air Transat and Air Canada also refused to carry them to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.

To add insult to injury, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday called them "idiots."
Videos of the Dec. 30 flight shared on social media show maskless passengers singing and dancing in the aisle and seats. In one video, revelers pass each other a large bottle of vodka and a woman appears to be smoking an e-cigarette.

Air Transat said on Twitter that passengers on the Sunwing flight were denied boarding due to the company's obligation to ensure the safety of passengers and crew.
One of the passengers, Rebecca St-Pierre, a 19-year-old student from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, said she feels abandoned, not knowing how she will pay for her accommodation , as her stay will be extended indefinitely.

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Canada will receive 140 million rapid tests to distribute in homesThe young woman told The Canadian Press that she tested positive for covid-19 on Wednesday and was in isolation in Tulum, south of Cancun. He said he estimates another 30 people on the flight have tested positive.
St-Pierre said he won the trip in a contest on Instagram and had never heard of the organizer, identified on social media as James William Awad. 

"I was hoping for a relaxed week, where I was going to be careful, but it turned out to be an expensive trip for something that was supposed to be free," she said.
The woman accepted that the videos give an accurate picture of what happened during the five-hour flight to Cancun . She further said that before the return trip, some people put Vaseline up their noses to thwart tests for covid-19.
Awad wrote on Twitter on Wednesday that a "simple party" on a plane was behind the controversy. "I'm going to take a moment to sit down and rethink everything," he said. "Especially how I can do things better next time," he added.

Awad, which operates 111 Private Club , arranged the trip with a group of social media “ influencers ” and reality TV stars , including Karl Sabourin of the popular Quebec show “Occupation Double” and Sandrine Seguin and Anna-Maelle Laprise, who appeared in the provincial version of “Love Island”.
Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra, Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and Public Security Minister Marco Mendicino issued a joint statement Tuesday saying they had ordered their departments to investigate.

The statement said passengers who violated Department of Transportation regulations could face fines of up to C$5,000 per violation ($3,930).
Trudeau called the passengers' behavior irresponsible and a "slap in the face" to all who have been abiding by public health restrictions for the good of all. Speaking in French, he referred to the passengers as "idiots" and "barbarians."