Airline Passengers Released On Police Bail

February 3, 2013

[Updated] The police have confirmed the three airline passengers — a 54 year old man, a 52 year old woman and a 22 year old man — who were arrested following a flight diversion have been released on police bail.

As Bernews reported yesterday, at approximately 9.00pm on Friday [Feb 1] a Sunwing flight on its way from Canada to the Dominican Republic diverted to Bermuda after three passengers created a disturbance with flight attendants.

SunWing Flight Diversion, Bermuda February  1 2013 (1)

The three people — who appeared to be a family — were taken off the plane, and escorted by Police Officers into the Airport Police Station where they remained for over four hours.

In a statement issued today, a police spokesperson said, “Around 10pm on Friday, February 1st a Sunwing aircraft traveling from Canada to the Dominican Republic landed at the L.F. Wade International Airport in Bermuda, after a reported incident involving a few passengers during flight.

“The aircraft was met by police officers who liaised with the cabin crew. Three passengers, a 54 year old man, a 52 year old woman and a 22 year old man were subsequently arrested, processed and released on police bail pending further inquiries.

“The crew and remaining passengers were accommodated at Bermuda hotels overnight. The aircraft was scheduled to resume its journey on Saturday, February 2nd.”

Update 3.55pm: CBC Canada spoke with Dave Shellington whose wife was on the Sunwing flight and explained to him what happened.

Mr Shellington said, “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 could not say where they put their cigarette butts and that caused a bit of a commotion. From there it kind of escalated….”

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  1. What is going on? says:

    That’s going to be an expensive vacation for them, and most memorable or maybe not.

  2. Nuffin but de Truth! says:

    Hope they have money to pay the Hotel Bills/Food and Flight out,plus whatever the Magistrate decides to impose on them.

    If I cannot smoke on a plane,then no one else can.

    • WTF is wrong with people?? says:

      I agree with everything you said!!

  3. Truth is killin' me... says:

    Smoking on a plane…IDIOTS!!!

  4. Just us says:

    Some mothers do have um…

  5. Hott Lipz says:

    Smoking is banned worldwide on planes … but knowing them they will end up getting off …. let’s wait and see..

  6. Xman says:

    Ta hell with what they done!
    were got to look at this from a business stand point of view.
    so far Bermuda has made over $ 35,000 from this
    100 Passengers + 5 Crew – put up in a [ Bermuda ] Hotel $250 per/person
    Taxi fares – to & from $4000 +
    Food & Beverage $ 2000 +
    Jet Fuel : $ 20,000
    Now all we do is BURN the 3 fools in Question pockets for $4000 and it gets Bermuda $ 35,000+
    The Last thing you want to do is put them in our expesive Prison system — could cost us.
    More Flights can divert to Bermuda and atay for a couple of nights as far as I’m concerned.

  7. Cedar Beams (Original) says:

    We received a great deal of business out of this – and free advertising too. All thanks to these three idiots.

  8. MAKE MY DAY says:

    They are going to be *BROKE* after this flight and the airline sues them for all the expenses incurred!! They probably did NOT speak English like millions of other people who live in the US or who visit!!!

    Dominicanos estúpido!!!

  9. Cape Bretoner says:

    I think the airlines and tobacco company are, at the very least, equally as responsible as the addicted passengers.
    Addiction is a powerful disease!

  10. RYAN says:

    1) is anyone surprised this involved Nova Scotians?
    2) is anyone surprised they were headed for the Dominican Repuplic?
    3) is anyone surpried it was only to be a short non stop flight on a tourist airline?

    Thought not!!

    You can take a hillbilly Cape Bretoner out of Cape Breton but you cant….

    I guess at least its way of getting a holiday in Bermuda on a $500 week all inclusive.