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Family Smokes On Plane, Forces Flight To Land

Smoking On Flight

A family who smoked on a recent Canadian flight forced the plane to make an unexpected landing in Bermuda.

The Sunwing flight was headed from Halifax to Punta Cana when the incident took place. According to MyFox8, the family of three refused to put out their cigarettes. This left the pilot no choice but to make an unscheduled pit stop to kick the smokers off the plane.

Once the flight landed in Bermuda, authorities reportedly swooped in and placed the family under arrest.

The CBC reports that the altercation escalated when the flight staff asked the family to put out their cigarettes. All of them were reportedly smoking in the plane’s restroom. It didn’t take long for the confrontation to escalate to shouting and yelling.

One person aboard the flight described the situation as follows:

“They were smoking in the plane’s washroom and when they came out they got into a little bit of an argument with the attendants. They couldn’t say where they put their cigarette butts and that caused a bit of a commotion, I guess. From there it kind of escalated with the father, the mother and the son.”

Inspector Paul Simons said that he couldn’t confirm any details about the family’s nationality. However, he explained that “it appeared to be a father, a mother, and a son. The parents appear to be in their 50s. The son, I believe, is around 22 or so.”

Since the family refused to tell police if they had stashed any other cigarettes on the plane, the flight was grounded so everything could be thoroughly inspected by the crew. As a result, the airline had to put all 170 passengers in a hotel for the evening.

What do you think should happen to the mother, father, and son who refused to stop smoking on the flight to Punta Cana?

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18 Responses to “Family Smokes On Plane, Forces Flight To Land”

  1. Jennifer Gottfried

    What a great example the parents are providing for thier young adult son. I think they should get all a huge hotel bill for all 170 passengers, and pay an inconvenience fee (free ticket plus plus plus) for each passenger they inconvenienced for their time, added fuel expenses, pilot expenses, etc. etc. etc. Then they should sit in jail for awhile until they can figure out how to follow the rules a little better.

  2. Jennifer Gottfried

    What a great example the parents are providing for thier young adult son. I think they should get all a huge hotel bill for all 170 passengers, and pay an inconvenience fee (free ticket plus plus plus) for each passenger they inconvenienced for their time, added fuel expenses, pilot expenses, etc. etc. etc. Then they should sit in jail for awhile until they can figure out how to follow the rules a little better.

  3. Robert Seibert

    Make them pay for all exspenses and punitive damages to the airline and all the passengers!

  4. Robin Mygrant

    Whats prohibition of alcohol got to do with it? The law is no smoking on a plane, they can smoke all they want once off of it. Their "right" to smoke ended when they chose a pubic conveyance that prohibited it. Why is it that these morons think their rights are any greater than any other passengers?

  5. Karoline Elizabeth Kelley

    I believe that they should have to pay for all expenses and be banned from all flights.

  6. Aly Seymour

    Absolutely pay the whole tab. Every other smoker manages to obey the rules, and has for years. Astonishing. And then to argue about it? Sad.

  7. Allyson Craft

    Isn't there a stiff fine and possibly jail time for smoking on the plane?

  8. Allyson Craft

    Isn't there a stiff fine and possibly jail time for smoking on the plane?

  9. Amy L. Finkel

    I'll bet there are a lot of people who would pay premium prices for a seat on an airline that permitted smoking (particularly on those long-as-law-school flights to Asia).

  10. Amy L. Finkel

    I'll bet there are a lot of people who would pay premium prices for a seat on an airline that permitted smoking (particularly on those long-as-law-school flights to Asia).

  11. Steve Walker

    If I was on that flight, I'd be pretty pissed at everyone involved. The smokers and everyone else that overreacted and made me a day late. You would think they could have dealt with the scofflaw smokers at the end of the flight rather than cancelling the flight!