Two RIM employees have been charged for innappropriate behaviour involving too much alcohol on a flight bound for Beijing after it was forced to divert to Vancouver.
RIM employees George Campbell and Paul Alexander each received suspended sentences and one year probation after pleading guilty of causing mischief on the flight. They have also been ordered by the court to pay a fine of $71,757 to Air Canada as it is expensive to divert flights, as reported by the Washington Post.
The two caused so much havoc on the plane that the staff was forced to restrain them and have the flight diverted to Vancouver, where they were taken under arrest.
A spokesperson for the smartphone maker reported that the two men were also suspended from work.
"Based on the limited information available at this time, RIM has suspended the individuals involved pending further investigation," said a company spokesperson in a statement.
An Air Canada spokesperson claimed the fine ordered by the court was high because it is expensive for the airline to divert planes.
The spokesperson also said that no passengers were injured, but did admit that these incidents was rare.
"Our crews are trained to monitor in-flight service and to detect over consumption of alcohol in order to avoid such situations. It's also fair to say the crew are trained to handle any variety of situations they might encounter in a flight," said the spokesperson.