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Sunday, August 01, 2010

Canada: Airline Security Not Matching Photo ID To Faces of Muslim Women Wearing "Veils"

Just another example of the price we pay for the pleasure of living with all the moderate Muslims out there:

OTTAWA – Frequent flyers know the drill: take off your shoes, surrender your tweezers and pack your shampoo in those little plastic baggies before lining up for the naked body scanners. But lift your niqab? Apparently not.

QMI Agency can reveal that neither airlines nor security services are asking Muslim women to lift their veils and prove that the face beneath matches their photo ID.





The issue came to light through a video taken by Mick Flynn of Bradford, England. Flynn was boarding a flight at Montreal’s Trudeau International Airport when he witnessed two women with their faces covered board an Air Canada Heathrow bound flight without being asked to remove their veils.

In fact, in the video that Flynn has posted online, a man traveling with the group hands in all the passports and is the only one to interact with airline staff while two veiled women simply walk through.

"I complained at the desk — and again as I boarded the plane — asking if the pilot was happy that two women boarded without being identified," Flynn told QMI Agency. "Both members of staff whom I spoke to were flustered and clearly embarrassed."

Flynn’s communication with Air Canada and his video posting have resulted in a threatened lawsuit from the airline. As for answers from the company about security procedures, their response reveals holes in Canada’s air security.

Air Canada says it is capable of checking identification in a private room away from the check-in counter, but said the real responsibility for security measures lies with CATSA, the Canadian Air Transport Security Agency.

Not so, says CATSA.

Greg MacDougall, a spokesman for CATSA, tells QMI that their guards are primarily looking for metal, weapons or other banned material, not ensuring that veiled faces match passport photos.

"We don't have concerns with that. We have concerns with the fact if the person has any metal under their clothing," MacDougall said.

A former CATSA employee, who, until recently worked as a frontline screener, tells QMI: “We were never allowed to ask anyone with a veil to lift it. It is their religion.”
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2 Comments:

Blogger foxmuldar said...

I caught this video about a week ago on another blog, but its worth passing on. Canada is quickly becoming so Politically Correct that they are risking the lives of other passengers flying on the same flight.

Be sure our enemies are taking note of this lack of security and will eventually try to take advantage of it.

I guess it wouldn't do much good to pass the video on to Canadian officials. They are also probably falling all over themselves to please the muslim population in Canada.

Sunday, August 01, 2010 8:25:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

Actually, we posted the video a week ago, as well as some other blogs.

But, this was the first time I saw any acknowledgment of the story, so I reran the video.

Sunday, August 01, 2010 9:40:00 pm  

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