Unruly Air Travelers Receive Criminal Sentences

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In a move that signals that the airline industry, government, and flying public are growing fed up with the disruptions caused by misbehaving airline passengers, harsher penalties are being meted out on such miscreants.

A Canadian man has been convicted an criminal charges and sentenced to a year of probation and nearly $20,000 in fines and restitution after causing a Calgary to London flight to be redirected due to his drunken behavior that included groping a flight attendant.

In another incident, several members of a family were charged with disobeying lawful commands in Arizona for allegedly smoking on a Sunwing flight that was then forced to land, with everyone on board having to make an unscheduled overnight stay, and the aircraft to be searched by a specialized team because the those involved would not cooperate with the investigation. In addition to the criminal charges, Sunwing has expressed its intent to bring a lawsuit against the passengers.

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