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article imageReview ordered after video of veiled women boarding plane is seen

By Lynn Curwin     Aug 2, 2010 in Lifestyle
Montreal - A video recently posted on YouTube has prompted the Canadian government to order an investigation. The video appears to show women going through an airline check-in counter with veils covering their faces.
After the footage became public, Transport Minister John Baird decided to order an investigation into whether airlines are following the rules and checking the faces of all passengers who board their flights.
The video was filmed at an Air Canada check-in counter at Trudeau Airport in Montreal in July, and was placed on YouTube by a man in the UK.
Some editing has been done, but it appears that two female passengers are able to pass through the area without removing veils which are covering most of their faces. They are travelling on flight AC 864 to Heathrow.
Air Canada spokesperson Isabelle Arthur said all passengers are supposed to be checked at the gate and that Muslim women wearing a face covering can be isolated and have their identification checked by a female employee.
“These are mandatory procedures that all employees must follow,” the Globe and Mail reported her as saying. “We are aware of this video that has been on YouTube and … we have not only reinforced this mandatory procedure to all our employees but we are also working with Transport Canada on this matter.”
Baird said that, if the reports are true, the situation is deeply disturbing and poses a serious threat to the security of the air-travelling public.
According to Transport Canada regulations, each passenger must pass their own identification to the clerk, but on the video it appears that one man is handing over passports for several people.
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