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Story about plane diversion family goes viral

The story of a Canadian family who caused a flight to be diverted to Bermuda after causing a ruckus on the plane has gone viral.

The Royal Gazette reported earlier this week how David McNeil Sr, 54, his wife Donna McNeil, 52, and their son McNeil Jr, 22, from Mabou, Nova Scotia were fined at Magistrates’ Court over the incident.

Sunwing flight 454 from Halifax to the Dominican Republic landed in Bermuda on Friday evening after reports of a disruption involving the three passengers. They are now facing the prospect of being sued by the airline.

A news report on Canada’s CTV news website said the story has hit the headlines in Canada and the USA, and has “gone viral” on social networking sites. Among the media outlets to report on it were Time Magazine Online and the Perez Hilton gossip website.

“Residents of the small, tight-knit community of Mabou said the town is abuzz with news of the incident,” according to CTV.

Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/don-t-rush-to-judge-smoking-family-cape-Breton-residents-say-1.1145094

The McNeil family outside court earlier this week after being arrested in Bermuda when their flight was diverted to the Island from the Dominican Republic. Pictured from left are David McNeil, an unidentified young man, David Kale McNeil, and Donna McNeil.

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Published February 07, 2013 at 8:00 am (Updated February 06, 2013 at 10:39 pm)

Story about plane diversion family goes viral

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