Remember when the coronavirus first hit several countries in 2020 and many disregarded it as the common flu? Between people refusing to wear masks, vaccine hesitancy and the constant trivialisation of the deadly virus in general, the spread of COVID-19 continued. And now, almost two years into the global pandemic it looks like not much has changed. A video of a big group of maskless influencers partying on a flight has gone viral.
The video which has since garnered a lot of flack on social media sees a bunch of Canadian influencers drinking, vaping and dancing – all the things you aren’t supposed to do on a flight, especially during a pandemic. And there seem to be no masks in sight. There was also no staff in sight. This mid-air party is believed to have taken place on December 30 on a plane from Montreal in Canada to Cancun, Mexico. This is after the Omicron scare had already been making headlines for a while.
A Twitter user, journalist Francis Pilon shared video footage of the whole indicent that went down in a Sunwing Airlines plane and it has left netizens enraged.
Des influenceurs québécois risquent des amendes salées et d’être bannis de compagnies aériennes après avoir enfreint des règles de l’aviation durant un gros party qui a dérapé à bord d’un vol pour Cancún. #covid #polqc
— Francis Pilon (@FrancisPilon_) January 4, 2022
Pilon further added that one of the party-goers is a trainee pilot.
La fumeuse sur le vol controversé de Sunwing est une future pilote qui étudie à l’école de Lachute Aviation, ce qui soulève l’indignation de son milieu
— Francis Pilon (@FrancisPilon_) January 6, 2022
If this gives you horrific flashbacks of influencers spreading misinformation and partying maskless with a vengeance, it’s because this has happened before. Back in 2020, a bunch of U.S. based influencers broke COVID-19 protocol to hold big parties while countless cases of COVID-19 deaths and shortage of medical services were being reported from all across the world. The fact that this is happening again is alarming given how much people have been through in the past few years.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau responded to the incident and condemned the actions of the ifluencers. “Like all Canadians who’ve seen those videos, I’m extremely frustrated. ‘We know how hard people have worked to keep themselves safe, to limit their family gatherings at Christmastime, to wear masks, to get vaccinated, to do all the right things.” he told the press.
He added, “It’s a slap in the face to see people putting themselves, putting their fellow citizens, putting airline workers at risk by being completely irresponsible.”
Cover image: @FrancisPilon_/Twitter