"'Balloonatic' gets $26.5K fine for 'unconscionably stupid' lawn chair flight over Calgary"
Via Reddit: "Why climb the highest mountain?" said Boria outside court. "Why 85 years ago fly the Atlantic? Why do the Oilers play the Flames? I chose to fly a chair; not because it is easy but because it is hard. Because that goal served to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills."
In handing down the sentence provincial court Judge Bruce Fraser called Boria's stunt "dumb and dangerous" and "unconscionably stupid."
"There was nothing fantastic, fun or exhilarating about it," said Fraser. "There is no precedent for so foolish an escapade."
During the time he was in the air, 24 airplanes took off and landed in Calgary.
He said the stunt was worthwhile and he has no regrets.
"[They] didn't charge the Wright brothers," said Boria.
"It's pretty hard to take it seriously when you guys are asking me these questions based on me flying a lawn chair."