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Pensioners, pregnant woman and children ordered off Canada flight by armed police

An elderly couple’s dream vacation in Canada ended in a “nightmare” when armed police kicked them off their plane without explanation.

Retired Richard Brailey, 71, and his wife Patricia, 66, were among at least 25 passengers forced to leave the Air Canada flight before it left Montreal.

The couple was not given a reason for their departure, but were later told by airline staff in the terminal that they may have been thrown out because they were drunk or not wearing masks.

They were stunned that they had not been drinking and had constantly worn masks in their seats as they waited for the plane to depart shortly after midnight on Monday.

Other passengers who were thrown from the plane were reportedly a pregnant woman, a couple with two children, at least three members of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team and the doctor of the Aston Martin team who had been in Montreal over the weekend. for the Grand Prix.

Mr Brailey insisted he had not seen any other passengers misbehaving or not following the instructions of the cabin crew on the plane.

He and his wife were forced to spend the night at the airport because they couldn’t find a room in a hotel.

Meanwhile, their luggage, already loaded onto the plane, was flown without them to Heathrow in London and is still trapped in the blockade of bags waiting to be picked up at Terminal 2.

The couple was initially told that Air Canada was not responsible for them and that they would not be able to board another airline’s flight for at least 24 hours.

One of their sons spent $2,300 on booking an alternate flight home for them with another airline that was scheduled to depart Tuesday night.

But Air Canada had a change of heart yesterday, putting them on one of its flights to New York and a connecting United Airlines flight to Heathrow.

The couple, who had spent four weeks on a motorhome tour of Canada, returned to Heathrow early this morning but have not yet been reunited with their luggage.

Air Canada appeared to admit today that Mr and Mrs Brailey, from Hertfordshire, may have been thrown from the plane by accident.

The airline said in a statement: “We are currently investigating the circumstances surrounding this incident involving a group of 25 customers who were removed from our flight from Montreal to London Monday night for disruptive behavior.

“We understand there are allegations that certain unrelated persons also disembarked during the removal of these passengers.

Retired couple Richard Brailey, 71, and wife Patricia, 66, had let their dream vacation in Canada end in a 'nightmare' when armed police ordered them off their plane

Pictured is the police escorting passengers

Retired couple Richard Brailey, 71, and wife Patricia, 66, had let their dream vacation in Canada end in a ‘nightmare’ when they were kicked off their plane without explanation by armed police. Pictured is the police escorting them

‘Some of these disembarked customers have been rebooked this morning and are on their way to their final destination. We will contact the customers as soon as our investigation is complete.’

The father-of-three, Mr Brailey, said he still felt “shocked and disgusted” after they were evicted, despite having done nothing wrong.

The retired surveyor said: ‘We wore our masks all the time at the airport and on the plane after boarding. The only contact we had with the stewards was when they welcomed us in the normal way.

“We had been waiting about an hour for the plane to leave when an employee with a list of numbers looked down the rows.

The father-of-three, Mr Brailey, said he still felt

The father-of-three, Mr Brailey, said he still felt “shocked and disgusted” after they were evicted, despite having done nothing wrong. Among those who were led away was a pregnant woman, it is reported

“They started looking at the seat numbers and previously removed two young girls from three or four rows in front of us.

“Then they pointed at us and told the police to remove us. We were completely stunned. We had just sat normally in our seats with our masks on and were looking forward to getting started.

“The guy sitting next to us was also ordered to leave. He had a blanket over him and was asleep, but woke up and told him to get out.

“We were in total shock. I assumed there was a problem with the paperwork or something.

“I asked what was going on and if I could speak to the captain, but was told I would find out later. It was a nightmare scenario.

“It was completely bizarre because there was no noise or annoyance during the flight. As far as I could see, everyone was well behaved, and we certainly were.

“We left at the same time as three members of the Williams Formula 1 team who still had friends on board.

“What really annoyed us was the lack of communication and nobody told us anything when we were led back to the terminal.

“We had to find our own way back to the room and this woman came down to say we may have been thrown out for alcohol abuse, not wearing masks or not obeying regulations.

“It was all nonsense, because we had done absolutely nothing wrong. We asked her for proof, but she couldn’t provide it.

“No one was drunk and we were not aware of anyone abusing anyone or not following instructions. We were treated as if we were terrorists.

“Air Canada seemed to be washing their hands off us. We were not offered any hotel or food. We tried three hotels but they were all fully booked and we had to stay in the terminal.

Brailey said he and his wife would now demand compensation for their ordeal and the money spent on the alternative flights which is non-refundable.  Pictured is their motorhome they enjoyed before their dream vacation in Canada ended in a nightmare

Brailey said he and his wife would now demand compensation for their ordeal and the money spent on the alternative flights which is non-refundable. Pictured is their motorhome they enjoyed before their dream vacation in Canada ended in a nightmare

“Our son booked the new flights for us for $2,300 because we thought we had no other way of getting back home.

“Eventually that money was thrown away because Air Canada changed its mind and put us on several flights home.”

Brailey said he and his wife would now demand compensation for their ordeal and the money spent on the alternative flights which is non-refundable.

The couple’s son, Patrick Brailey, 36, who works in aviation in Spain, said: ‘I just can’t understand why they were bullied.

‘My parents never drink too much and are meticulous about wearing masks. They just wanted a peaceful flight home.

“It is outrageous that they have not been given an explanation as to why they were sent away. They were only told they were on the Captain’s list of people to leave.

“Obviously a terrible mistake has been made. The flight was slightly delayed, but no one saw any non-compliance with masks.

‘It’s a shame because they had a fantastic holiday in the Rockies and other areas in a rented motorhome

“My father was a fly-fishing enthusiast and he saw the Grand Prix before he left.”

Formula 1 journalist Phillip Horton who was on the run tweeted: ‘Yeah, it didn’t make sense. Passenger next to me from an F1 team has been removed. They had been accommodating, level-headed, and quiet the whole time. Cabin crew had a list of seat numbers and just took people away.”

Jess McFadyen, a director of digital strategy for motorsports publications who was also on the plane, tweeted that passengers were being pulled away “totally at random” and described the airline’s actions as “absolutely disgraceful.”

In an interview with the Toronto Star, she said, “There didn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason for it. They were just randomly selecting and going, okay, you have to leave.”

She said the captain of flight AC866 then announced to the other travelers that the passengers had been removed for “security reasons” because they “did not follow airport instructions”.

Ms McFadyen said passengers sitting next to the ejected passengers were told it was due to the airline’s mask policy.

A Montreal Trudeau International Airport spokesperson said only that police were responding to “a situation on board an aircraft on the evening of June 20, escorting passengers from the aircraft, at the request of the captain and crew.”

Jay Egan, an engineer for Red Bull Racing tweeted: “The chief steward was on a power trip! She acted like people were kicking off or getting drunk. Full lies!’ He added: ‘Shocking treatment of many people on AC866’.

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