|A BlackBerry handset is displayed in Washington, December 15, 2011. (REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst)
VANCOUVER – Two former BlackBerry executives are no longer on the hook for repaying Air Canada for $50,000 worth of vouchers handed out to passengers whose Toronto-to-Beijing flight was diverted to Vancouver following the pair’s drunken antics.
Air Canada handed out $100 vouchers to more than 500 passengers after a flight carrying George Campbell and Paul Wilson landed at YVR when the two began drunkenly yelling and swearing at travellers and crew.
“These (vouchers) were apparently a good-will gesture by Air Canada to their passengers,” stated a B.C. Court of Appeal ruling posted online this week.
“The passengers may not even use the vouchers, in which case it is not an ascertainable loss.”
Campbell and Wilson, who both pleaded guilty to mischief in November 2011, had been drinking before and during the flight, and had taken sleeping pills to help them rest on the trip.
But the plane was forced to land in Vancouver when Campbell began kicking the seats of other passengers, singing and rolling in the aisle, while Wilson pushed a flight attendant.
When the men were placed in plastic restraints, Wilson apparently chewed through the zipcuffs before tape was used to restrain them both.
The men were originally ordered to pay more than $70,000 to cover the costs incurred after the wild flight, however the vouchers accounted for $50,000 of that.
The men are still responsible for repaying the airline the cost of hotel rooms and meals for passengers, which totalled $21,000.