Did they need fighter jet to escort plane to Toronto, mom asks

Milana Muzikante, left , and Lilia Ratmanski. (Facebook photo)

Milana Muzikante, left , and Lilia Ratmanski. (Facebook photo)

Sam Pazzano, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:55 PM ET

BRAMPTON, Ont. -- Two Toronto-area women whose alleged unruly behaviour forced a Sunwing flight bound for Cuba to be turned back were granted bail Thursday.

The two women were accused of making threats after drinking a significant quantity of duty-free liquor and smoking in the aircraft bathroom, triggering the smoke detector alarm.

Sunwing also indicated in a statement that the women then engaged in a physical altercation with each other.

Lilia Ratmanski, 25, and Milana Muzikante, 26, appeared exhausted and pale in court after 2 p.m., less than 24 hours after the Varadero-bound plane, which left Toronto at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, was escorted back to Canada by CF-18s.

The women had matching neon-pink fingernails and Ratmanski wore short, pink shorts while Muzikante had on a blue jean jacket and full-length pattern pants.

Ratmanski and Muzikante face charges of endangering the safety of an aircraft, smoking on an airplane, mischief over $5,000 and mischief endangering life and uttering threats.

Ratmanski's heartbroken mom professed that her daughter, a strong student, never drank alcohol or smoked, although several photos circulating on the young woman's Facebook page showed her with alcoholic beverages and cigarettes in her hands.

"I'm shocked -- she doesn't drink. She never smokes. I don't understand how this could happen," she told reporters outside the courthouse before breaking down in tears.

"She works so hard at school and all she wanted was a holiday break with a friend. She's no terrorist. Why do they need a military jet escort back to Canada?"

She wondered why authorities spent so much time and money on two allegedly drunken women on an airplane, "when there is so much crime going on in our community."

 

 


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