Cabinet minister's wife 'embarrassed' over airport ruckus
Manitoba Transportation Minister Steve Ashton says his wife is embarrassed by a recent disturbance at the Winnipeg airport, but he and his wife want to put the incident behind them.
Ashton spoke for the first time late Monday since the March 17 incident involving his wife, Hari Dimitrakopoulou-Ashton, at the Winnipeg James Armstrong Richardson International Airport.
The incident began when a Calm Air flight to Thompson, Man., was cancelled due to poor weather.
Dimitrakopoulou-Ashton, who was scheduled to be on that flight, started making unreasonable demands to staff and refused to calm down, a source told CBC News.
Winnipeg police confirmed that an unruly female passenger was detained before being escorted out of the airport.
Ashton eventually joined his wife at the airport before they left.
"It was very embarrassing for my wife [and] everybody involved, I'm sure. And it's resolved," Ashton told CBC News late Monday afternoon.
"Certainly that's every indication from Calm Air as well," he added.
No charges are pending in connection with the incident, according to police.
Officials with Calm Air said the incident has been dealt with and the Ashtons are welcome to fly with the airline again in the future.