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Why You Shouldn’t Fly With RIM Employees

by Brandon Russell | December 2, 2011December 2, 2011 5:00 pm PST

Air CanadaWhen you’re an executive for Research in Motion, it can be hard dealing with all the outages, disappointing sales and flatlining stocks. So how does one cope, you ask? Apparently, by getting impossibly drunk.

While on a direct Air Canada flight flight from Toronto to Beijing, RIM executives George Cambpell, 45, and Paul Alexander, 38, got so inebriated the plane had to make an emergency landing in Vancouver. One passenger’s account said the two execs were so wild they had to be handcuffed (handcuffed!) to their seats.

The plane, which had 312 other passengers onboard, was just north of Alaska when it had to be turned back toward Vancouver. Upon landing, Mounties (Canada’s version of the police) arrested the two men and placed them in jail overnight. Because of their shenanigans, the two gentlemen were ordered to pay a total of $71,757 in restitution and received one year’s probation after pleading guilty to one charge of mischief.

“They were far too intoxicated and were just being unruly. The flight crew was asking them to smarten up, but they weren’t listening to anything they were being told,” said Cpl. Sherrdean Turley.

Although the BlackBerry maker didn’t divulge too much in its own brief statement, I think it’s safe to assume the repercussions will not be pretty for the two executives. “Based on the limited information available at this time, RIM has suspended the individuals involved pending further investigation,” read a statement from Marissa Conway of Brodeur Worldwide, RIM’s public relations agency.

The whole debacle – grounding the plane, finding a new crew and refueling – meant passengers had to be put up in a hotel overnight, delaying the plane a total 18 hours. Of course, the pair aren’t allowed to fly or have any contact with Air Canada whatsoever during their one year probation period.

As if it wasn’t enough to ruin the consumer’s experience on the ground, RIM’s finding ways to do it in the air as well.


Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...