While I'm a full supporter of throwing a few back pre-flight, a few RIM employees seemed to take this a little too much to heart. George Campbell and Paul Alexander Wilson were forcefully removed from a (what was supposed to be) thirteen hour Air Canada flight to Beijing this past week. Naturally the two drunken men refused to listen to any of the flight staff, resulting in the pilots actually turning the Boeing 777 aircraft around to land in Vancouver.
At 10:21pm on Monday night, Richmond RCMP officers met the plane to arrest and take both men into custody. While RIM officially stated that “Based on the limited information available at this time, RIM has suspended the individuals involved pending further investigation.” their punishment would be as follows: Both were suspended from work for an undetermined amount of time, put on one year's probation, ordered to each pay Air Canada $35,878 as restitution for all the trouble they caused, as well as not having any contact with any of the flight crew or flying Air Canada for the duration of their year long probation.
Unfortunately, 314 passengers were 18 hours late arriving in Beijing because of the health and safety of the flight crew involving flying more than 13 hours at a time, which would have been the case had they continued the flight, and the inability to gather the appropriate number of flight crew members to take over and continue the flight.
Both men plead guilty to one charge of mischief in the Richmond Provincial Court on Wednesday.
- Let us know how you think this will alter peoples' views of RIM