Two women were charged with endangering the safety of an aircraft after the plane turned back to Pearson International Airport escorted by two fighter jets.
Both were granted bail for $2,500 on Thursday, but one spent the night in jail because no surety was present to sign off on her bail conditions.
A Sunwing Airlines spokesperson told CTV Toronto that the women had “consumed a significant quantity of their duty-free alcohol” in the airplane washroom, then lit a cigarette, triggering the smoke alarm.
The spokesperson said the women got into a “physical altercation” with each other, and allegedly made a threat against the aircraft, “which was considered non-credible given their condition.”
Flight 656 was headed to Varadero, Cuba, but turned around over South Carolina. Two CF-18 fighter jets from Canadian Forces Base Bagotvill escorted the plane as a precaution, NORAD confirmed.
Lilia Ratmanski, 25, of Whitby, and Milana Muzikante, 26, of Vaughan have been charged with smoking in an airplane, endangering the safety of an aircraft, uttering threats and mischief endangering life.
The women are not permitted to enter an airport, board a plane, contact each other or buy, possess or consume alcohol as conditions of their bil.
By: CTV News