Veiled women boarding plane triggers probe

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Canada’s Minister of Transportation John Baird ordered a probe after a video posted on YouTube showed two fully veiled women boarding a passenger plane 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, which includes abusive comments, 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.

“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.

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This post was last updated: Nov. 21, 2013