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Drunken RIM executives chewed through restraints aboard Air Canada flight

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Drunken RIM executives chewed through restraints aboard Air Canada flight
Some additional details have emerged regarding the bender two RIM executives went on aboard an Air Canada flight that lead to their termination. Apparently this incident involved a little bit more than your average drunken shenanigans. CBC News obtained court transcripts that paint a chaotic picture of the ruckus that was caused on board.

The two executives, George Campbell, 45, and Paul Alexander Wilson, 38, were described by fellow passengers as “quite intoxicatedwhen they boarded the plane. One passenger, when asked to describe their behavior after take off, said,
They drank more, passed out, one would wake up and lean over the little cubicle, slap the other guy on the head because he wanted someone to drink with, and then they would yell and abuse each other.

Campbell, in particular, threatened to “off people when they left the plane.” He later lay on his belly in the aisle and started kicking the floor. One of the two also assaulted a flight attendant and threatened to punch another flight attendant. Eventually, crew members attempted to restrain the men with plastic handcuffs and tape, but Campbell and Wilson managed to “chew their way through their restraints.

Pod style seating used on Air Canada Business Class

Pod style seating used on Air Canada Business Class

This behavior is what caused the flight to be diverted. Originally the plan was to land in Anchorage, but as the situation became direr, the decision was made to land in Vancouver. Several flight attendants and a few passengers restrained the two men for the remaining 80 minutes of the flight, while the rest of the passengers were forced to remain in their seats because the crew had initialed a “lockdown situation.

The prosecution in this case described the men’s behavior as “way over the top.” Although both men have pleaded guilty to mischief and ordered to pay Air Canada a combined $77,000, Air Canada is estimating that the ordeal cost them close to $200,000 and is expected to sue for the remaining balance.

source: CBC News via SlashGear

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posted on 12 Dec 2011, 17:23 4

1. Kmack (Posts: 26; Member since: 15 Nov 2011)

nom nom nom nom nom.... didn't they know that food is served on airplanes now?

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 17:42

2. paulyyd (Posts: 339; Member since: 08 Jan 2011)

lesson learned? dont f**k with blackberry executives, deey don't play that s**t mhmmmmmmmm hahahh

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 17:51 2

3. Sniggly (Posts: 7305; Member since: 05 Dec 2009)

Damn. I think there was more than alcohol involved. That sounds more like a couple varieties of drug.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 18:30

4. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

This is the funniest news ive read since the german puppy hells angels fiasco.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 19:55 1

5. corporateJP (Posts: 2458; Member since: 28 Nov 2009)

If they only had this type of tenacity for the products they delivered...

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 21:03

6. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

bhahahaha.. omg. really?? they threw a tantrum on the floor and chewed through their plastic restraints???? These guys just get done watching Con Air or what? lol. what a bunch of doofs.

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 21:28 1

7. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

So, two RIM executives get on a plane right...

posted on 12 Dec 2011, 23:25

8. ummmm1 (Posts: 1; Member since: 12 Dec 2011)

Just one example of why not to get a RIM job.

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 04:06

9. Uzzelien (Posts: 131; Member since: 22 Feb 2011)

Shoudn't they say the two ex RIM employees?

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 09:48

10. hepresearch (unregistered)

mmmmmm... plaaasticcc! YUMMY!

posted on 13 Dec 2011, 13:30

11. Hyperion (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Dec 2011)

O, man you guys are making my day today. Between the story and you guys it's just to funny.

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