TORONTO — A Sunwing flight bound for Cuba was turned back to Toronto Wednesday due to "two unruly female passengers," the airline says.
The Varadero-bound plane, which departed Toronto at 4:30 p.m., was escorted back to Canada by CF-18s.
Sunwing said in a statement that the two women drank "a significant quantity of their duty free alcohol purchase in the lavatory and lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke detector alarm.
"These passengers proceeded to get into a physical altercation with each other and made a threat against the aircraft, which was considered non-credible given their condition," the airline said.
The airplane crew then diverted the plane back to Toronto.
Peel Regional Police said two women were arrested for disruptive behaviour on the flight after the plane landed at Pearson airport.
Officers at Pearson Airport arrested 2 females after flight diverted back to Toronto for disruptive behaviour onboard.— Peel Regional Police (@PeelPoliceMedia) August 28, 2014
The flight was rescheduled to depart Toronto at about 11 p.m. with a new crew, Sunwing said, adding the other passengers were given complimentary meal vouchers.
Lilia Radmanski, 25, of Whitby, Ont., and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan, Ont., are facing charges of endangering the safety of an aircraft, smoking on a plane, mischief over $5,000, mischief endangering life and uttering threats.