Sunday, August 1, 2010

Lifting the veil on airport security

Looks like the Muslims have won another battle in the ongoing fight against Islamic terrorism.  When passengers are not required to show their faces when boarding a plane, anything can, and probably will happen. 

Here we have Canadian airport security waving fully burka clad women (or men) onto aircraft without checking their faces against the boarding pass and photo ID.

I have to wonder if the same breech of security takes place in American and European airports.


Lifting the veil on airport security

Air security won't ask for veiled Muslims to prove ID

By Brian Lilley and Bryn Weese, Parliamentary Bureau

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.