Sunwing Airlines Dumps Unruly Family in Bermuda for (Alleged) Smoking And Disobeying Flight Attendants

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
By George Hatcher

After unruly behavior on a Sunwing Airlines flight from Halifax Canada to the Dominican Republic, a family was arrested, and appeared in Bermuda court Monday.

Sunwing may bring charges against the family for the cost of diverting the plane. ($50,000) The plane was examined in Bermuda after landing and continued to the Dominican Republic a day late. Sunwing is banning the family from every flying their airline again.

The son allegedly smoked in the bathroom, then a disagreement between his family and flight attendants ensued. Pilots landed in Bermuda and the family was arrested.

David McNeil Jr denied smoking on the plane and the charge was dropped, but the father, David McNeil Sr. pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and the mother, Donna McNeil pleaded guilty to disobeying a lawful order from a flight attendant. The parents were sentenced to either a $500 fine or 10 days in prison. The son was free to go.
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