Veiled woman boarding plane triggers Canadian probe
MONTREAL Ã¢â‚¬â€ Canada’s Minister of Transportation John Baird ordered a probe after a video posted on YouTube showed two fully veiled women boarding a passenger airplane without showing their faces.
Canadian authorities want to ensure that airline personnel are verifying the identity of all of passengers before they board a flight.
The video purportedly shows a group of passengers boarding an Air Canada flight from Montreal’s Pierre-Elliott Trudeau airport to London’s Heathrow airport on July 11.
The short clip, shot by a British traveler, shows a man boarding a flight with four women, two with face veils, two without. The man hands their passports, and the veiled women are allowed to board, apparently without showing their faces.
The footage is shot at a distance and it is impossible to see what happens next.
“If the reports are true, the situation is deeply disturbing and poses a serious threat to the security of the air travelling public,” Baird said in a statement Sunday.
“If our current security policies in this area are deemed to be lacking, our government will take the necessary steps to protect the safety and security of the travelling public,” Baird said.
This video was uploaded to YouTube, July 13, 2010.