The Québec Influencers Who Got Banned From An Airline For Partying On Their Flight Are Stuck In Mexico
Nope, that’s not Emma Roberts vaping in the header pic (as far as I know). It’s one of the 150 Québécois influencers who chartered a Sunwing Airlines flight from Montreal to Cancun on December 30. Despite the efforts of plane staff, these kids spent five hours partying, vaping, drinking, and not wearing masks. And because they’re all dumber than a sack of hammers, they posted videos of their debauchery to social media. Big mistake. HUGE. The footage became headline news, and even Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got involved, calling the incident “a slap in the face.” Cuz, you know, the pandemic. Although I’d have thought JT would have been a little more understanding, considering everybody makes mistakes in their twenties.
A week later, and a large number of the partiers are stranded in Mexico; Sunwing banned them from taking a return flight home, and other airlines followed suit. Also, according to one of the kids, 19-year-old Rebecca St-Pierre (who claims she won an online contest to join the trip), she and about 30 of her fellow stranded partiers have tested positive for COVID, and have to stay in Mexico to self-isolate. Hmmm, an additional week in sunny Cancun versus going home to freezing cold Québec doesn’t sound like much of a punishment.
Canada’s Federal Health, Transport, and Public Safety ministers have called for a formal investigation into the party flight, and there could be fines of up to $5,000 for each offense on board. And if any of these kids try to sneak back into Canada with a positive COVID diagnosis, they could face additional fines or even jail time for “falsifying information” and endangering others. A few of the partiers managed to fly back to Montreal last night, and according to one eyewitness, one of them was ushered off the return flight in cuffs.
Here’s some of the footage in a news report:
And here’s even more footage that trip organizer James Awad, founder of the 111 private club, posted from Mexico (DUMBASS):
CTV News reports that trip organizer James Awad legally changed his name from “Kevin Awad” two years ago. The name change probably has to do with his sketchy history: in 2015 he was fined for illegally trading in securities.
Today James released a statement defending the trip. He claims that everyone was tested for COVID before they left Canada, and he chartered the entire flight for just his group. He says that he met with Sunwing on Tuesday and tried to arrange travel back to Canada for his group, on the condition that there would be no alcohol, no in-flight meal, passengers would wear masks at all times, and everyone tested negative for COVID. But Sunwing didn’t go for it. James writes that this entire thing is a learning experience (awww):
At this time, the 111 private club is working tirelessly to get everyone back home safely as quickly as we can. The 111 private club is a dream and a vision that I poured my heart and soul into creating. This was my first travel event. I have significantly learned, and I am still learning from this experience. Learning from them is what makes the difference.
Hey, I’m just happy that Canada finally has its very own version of the Fyre Festival! Take that, big shot Americans!