A doctor that was kicked off an Air Canada flight for reported public drunkenness has been absolved of any wrongdoing after the police withdrew the ticket he was issued and the airline couldn’t produce any proof that he was actually disturbing the flight.
Back in July, a Canadian doctor was kicked off an Air Canada flight from Toronto to Fredericton because of alleged public drunkenness. The flight was diverted to Ottawa so that the man, Adrian Edgar, could be escorted off the plane and issued a ticket by law enforcement.
But as soon as Edgar got a lawyer involved, the situation suddenly changed. His ticket was withdrawn and Air Canada has remained silent on the matter. Edgar is waiting for a response and a public apology, but has not received either, prompting him to file a complaint with Transport Canada.
“I worked for years as a flight instructor and many of my colleagues from that time are Air Canada pilots now, so the suggestion that I would pose a flight safety risk is not only unreasonable, it is a personal and professional insult,” Edgar told CBC News. “That’s why it was important for me to have this cleared up.”
Kelly Lamrock, Edgar’s lawyer, thinks the ticket was withdrawn because Air Canada has no evidence of Edgar actually being drunk or causing a disturbance.
“It was absolute nonsense,” Lamrock told CBC News. “He didn’t do anything wrong here, and frankly as soon as a lawyer looked at it, everyone realized it was a ridiculous charge.”
Air Canada has said it will not comment on the issue.