The customer is always right. Right? Wrong.
According to Transport Canada, there are four levels of disruption that will get you kicked off your next flight.
Minor incidents, things like inappropriate language, which can be easily handled by the in-flight crew are ranked at Level 1. And just like your planned trip to Vegas, what happens at Level 1 stays at Level 1. Nothing gets reported to Transport Canada.
If you fail to stop the Level 1 incident above or act ‘moderately’ unruly, obscene, or lewd, you’ll be reported to Transport Canada on a Level 2 disturbance.
Uttering threats, even in jest, could bring you to Transport Canada’s attention with a Level 3 disruption, along with other activities that include tampering with the plane’s equipment.
Direct threats to the safety of the crew or other passengers, including attempts to enter the cockpit, are the most severe at Level 4. Think headline-grabbing sabotage, weapon-use, and bodily harm events.
But we’re Canadian. Most of us would never think of doing something to warrant that type of attention. So you’ll never be removed from a plane.
Or will you?
When it comes to flying the Canadian skies, doing these five things on a plane could get you kicked off faster than you could say ‘double-double.’
As shocking as that sounds, it can happen. In 2015, Canadian singer Sarah Blackwood (Walk Off the Earth) was removed from a WestJet flight when she was unable to “control” her crying son.
Flying from Toronto to Quebec in November of last year, heavily pregnant Annette Bice was bumped from an already ‘overweight’ Porter Airlines flight. This wasn’t a case of overbooking. With empty seats available, the mom-to-be had to make other travel arrangements.
Air Canada made headlines in 2010 for kicking a passenger off its’ Charlottetown to Montreal flight for a “brutal” case of B.O. after passengers complained.
In January, a Somalia-born Canadian citizen was forced from an Air France flight bound for Paris. The January 2017 flight, originating in Toronto would fly over the United States and its waters. The problem? President Donald Trump’s executive order named Somalia as one of the seven Muslim-majority countries on its visa and immigration ban.
To Drunk To…FLY?
In January of this year, Sunwing Pilot Miroslav Gronych was removed from the 737 he was supposed to fly from Calgary to Cancun. Gronych was found “slumped over in the seat” with a reported blood-alcohol level above 0.24, three times the legal limit.