Some Sunwing Party Plane Travellers Are Back In Canada & Were 'Interrogated' When They Landed

The federal health minister has revealed more about this ongoing situation.

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Some Sunwing Party Plane Travellers Are Back In Canada & Were 'Interrogated' When They Landed

New information from the federal government has revealed that some travellers from the Sunwing party plane are back in Canada and they were "interrogated" when they landed.

During a COVID-19 briefing on January 7, federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos gave an update about the ongoing situation with the group of Quebecers who were seen partying maskless on a private charter Sunwing flight to Mexico.

Duclos said recent information the government received has indicated that about 27 of the approximately 130 passengers who travelled on the infamous Sunwing flight are now back in Canada after arriving on January 5.

"They were all stopped and interrogated at the air border," he said.

Also, all of the travellers were tested and checked to see if they had followed health regulations throughout their trip, including their proof of vaccination and the integrity of their PCR test. Their quarantine plans were also inspected.

That was then correlated with what they had entered into the ArriveCAN app.

Duclos mentioned that Quebec's provincial police contacted the Public Health Agency of Canada to get information on the travellers. The contravention files that were issued for some of those people were sent to the government of Quebec.

"That's in addition to the ongoing investigation and possible prosecution that Transport Canada and other agencies will continue to pursue," he said.

After videos were posted on social media that showed the group partying in the aisles of the plane without masks on, Sunwing cancelled the return flight from Cancun to Montreal.

Also, Air Canada and Air Transat said that the group would be denied boarding on their flights.

James William Awad, who hosted the private event in Cancun and chartered the flight, said in a statement that the flight was cancelled "based on presumptions" and that they're "working tirelessly" to get everyone on the trip back home.

PHAC Is Investigating Whether Some Sunwing Party Plane Passengers Ignored Quarantine Rules

"Suspected fraudulent cases" are also being looked into. 😳

The Public Health Agency of Canada has confirmed that it is now looking into whether some Sunwing party plane passengers ignored quarantine rules upon their return to Canada.

In a statement shared with Narcity, the government agency said that 12 notices of non-compliance had been issued under the Quarantine Act to travellers involved in the controversy.

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