$50,000 for smoking one cigarette? I certainly hope so


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Meet the MacNeils.  This family decides to smoke on a plane forcing the pilot to do an emergency landing.  

CBC News reports

David MacNeil, 54, Darlene MacNeil, 52, and David MacNeil Jr., 22, appeared in plea court in Hamilton, Bermuda, Monday after they were accused of smoking on a flight. All three were charged with disobeying lawful commands under the Air Navigation (Overseas Territories) Order.

MacNeil Sr. pleaded guilty to behaving in a disorderly manner and using abusive and insulting words. Darlene MacNeil pleaded guilty to disobeying lawful commands. David MacNeil Jr. was charged with smoking on the plane.

“During the course of that flight, from my understanding of what the situation is, the flight attendants could smell cigarette smoke off, I guess it was MacNeil Jr. — but if they smelled that, we’ve been trained to deal with these types of things,” he said.

“Smoking onboard aircraft is an extreme safety issue, it poses an extreme safety risk to everyone on board the aircraft and we do take it very seriously.”

Brancelj said he wouldn’t speculate on whether the flight crew overreacted to the situation.

“When it comes to the safety onboard of everyone there, you have over 180 passengers onboard the aircraft plus the crew itself. Smoking can cause a fire and an airplane is the worst place for that to happen. They take their job very seriously when it comes to the safety of the passengers and themselves and I’m sure they did everything that they thought was justified,” he said.

“You don’t smell cigarette smoke unless there’s cigarette smoke there.”

Seriously, smokes on a plane?  You have to be out of your mind to think you can get away with it in such an enclosed space.

The family is now being sued by the airline for landing fees and hotel accommodation for all the other passengers, after prosecutors decided not to proceed further with the charges.

In the end, no one was atually found guilty of smoking on the plane, but the everyone on the plain incurred delays and costs.

The idea this idiot could cause all this for the sake of one ciggie and then does the whole “who? me?” act makes me sick.  I hope the airlines takes the scrote for the full $50k.

The two eldest MacNeils were sentenced to either a $500 fine or 10 days in prison. MacNeil Jr. was free to go.

Daryl McWilliams, vice-president of media relations with Sunwing, told CBC News in an interview Monday that the family will be banned from taking any Sunwing flights in the future. The ban, however, does not extend to other airlines.

Sunwing said Tuesday it still has every intention of bringing a $50,000 lawsuit against the MacNeils.

I hope the selfish arrogant pricks get to pay for every last bit of incinvenience they caused

Daryl McWilliams, vice-president of media relations with Sunwing, told CBC News that the airline plans to sue the family that was involved in Friday’s incident, and added that costs are approaching $50,000.

That bill includes having to put up the passengers and seven crew members in a hotel overnight, and paying a different crew to search the plane for extinguished cigarettes because the alleged smokers refused to say what they did with them.

The airline also had to send a mechanic to inspect the plane because it had too much fuel onboard and landed overweight, triggering a requirement under Canadian transport regulations, McWilliams said.

The plane was scheduled to pick up passengers in the DR who also had to be put up in hotels overnight Friday.

A diverted flight can also generate plenty of headaches and costs for passengers who miss pre-booked events, business meetings or time with friends and family.

A few years ago, I was waiting to board a flight, but the boarding of the plane before ours was held up by a missing passenger.  You know how it goes, Mr Drongo, Mr Drongo, last call, please run to gate 29, etc.

Just as it looks like Mr Drongo is going to miss his flight, he saunters into the boarding area.  He says loud enough for everyone to hear he was on the toilet having a crap.   At that stage, he still had some sympathy from some of us.  But then, he proceeds to thoroughly hug all of his family and friends that he’s leaving behind.  One.  By.  One.  Taking a lot of time.  Each.  Time.

There was nearly a murder at the airport that day.

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