Elderly couple forced off plane by police as airline suggests they were ‘drunk’


Two elderly holidaymakers had their trip turned sour when they were forced off a flight to London by armed police.

Retired couple Richard Brailey, 71, and his wife Patricia, 66, were among at least 25 passengers disembarked from the Air Canada flight to Heathrow.

The couple have since said it was a “nightmare” end to their vacation in Montreal and they had received no explanation from armed police as to why they were removed from the flight.

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Airline staff in the terminal later said the couple may have been kicked out for being drunk or not wearing face masks on the flight.

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Air Canada has revealed few details about the incident which saw 25 people kicked off the flight

The Brailey couple were stunned after saying they hadn’t been drinking and just wore their masks on the flight while they waited for the flight to depart.

Other passengers ejected from the plane included three members of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team, a doctor from the Aston Martin team who had come for the Grand Prix and a pregnant woman.

Richard Brailey insisted he saw no passenger kicked off the flight responsible for any alleged wrongdoing, ending up stuck in the hotel overnight with his wife in what the father-of-three called “nightmare scenario”.

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One of their sons booked an alternative return flight for the couple, with a eye-watering £1,300 spent on last-minute tickets after the couple were kicked off their original flight.

Vacationing pensioners kicked out of flight with Formula 1 team members
Vacationing pensioners kicked out of flight with Formula 1 team members

Richard said: “We were in shock. I assumed there must be something wrong with the paperwork or something. I was asking what it was and if I could speak to the captain, but they told me said I would find It was a nightmare scenario.

“It was totally weird because there was no noise or aggravation during the flight. As far as I can tell, everyone was behaving properly, and we certainly were.”

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A spokesperson for Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport was reported by Daily Mail as saying the passengers were escorted off the plane “at the request of the captain and crew”.

Jay Egan, a Red Bull Racing engineer tweeted: “Chief steward was on a power trip!” She acted like people were starting or getting drunk. Complete lies! He added: ‘Shocking treatment of many people on AC866’.

TUSEN has contacted Air Canada for comment.


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