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Elderly couple forced off flight by armed police when airline suggested they were ‘drunk’

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Elderly holidaymakers and members of a Formula One team are furious after being booted off a Canada Air flight to Heathrow, turning the holiday sour after a “nightmare scenario”.

The trip of two elderly holidaymakers went awry when they were forced off a flight back to London by armed police.

Retirees Richard Brailey, 71, and his wife Patricia, 66, were among at least 25 passengers who were disembarked from the Air Canada flight to Heathrow.

The couple have since said it was a “nightmare” for their Montreal vacation and that they have received no explanation from the armed police as to why they were taken off the flight.

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Airline staff in the terminal later said the couple may have been dropped off because they were drunk on board the flight or not wearing a face mask.

The Brailey couple were left flabbergasted after saying they hadn’t been drinking on the flight and adhered to wearing their face masks while they waited for the flight to depart.

Other passengers who were ejected from the plane were three members of the Williams Racing Formula 1 team, a doctor from the Aston Martin team that had come to the Grand Prix and a pregnant woman.

Richard Brailey has insisted he has not seen a passenger responsible for any alleged wrongdoing and found himself stuck at the hotel overnight with his wife in what the father-of-three described as a “nightmare scenario”.

One of her sons booked an alternative flight home for the couple, spending a staggering £1,300 on last minute tickets after the couple flew off their original flight.

Richard said: “We were totally shocked. I figured there must have been some paperwork problem or something. I asked what it was about and if I could speak to the captain but was told I would find out later. It was a nightmare scenario.

“It was absolutely bizarre because there was no noise or hassle during the flight.

A spokesman for Montreal Trudeau International Airport told the Daily Mail that passengers were being escorted off the plane “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 running away or getting drunk. Full of lies!’ He added: “Shocking treatment of many people on AC866”.

Latest Page News has reached out to Air Canada for comment.

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