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Masked Chinese Man On Flight To Canada

We are still chuckling over this news from CNN from last week:

Exclusive: Man in disguise boards international flight

November 04, 2010 | By Scott Zamost, CNN Special Investigations Unit

Canadian authorities are investigating an "unbelievable" incident in which a passenger boarded an Air Canada flight disguised as an elderly man, according to a confidential alert obtained by CNN.

The incident occurred on October 29 on Air Canada flight AC018 to Vancouver originating in Hong Kong. An intelligence alert from the Canada Border Services Agency describes the incident as an "unbelievable case of concealment."

"Information was received from Air Canada Corporate Security regarding a possible imposter on a flight originating from Hong Kong," the alert says. "The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands. During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s."

Mind you, the Hong Kong authorities only realized there was a problem after the young man was on the plane and in the air.

After landing in Canada, Border Services Officers (BSOs) escorted the man off the plane where he "proceeded to make a claim for refugee protection," the alert says.

He should contact Aunt Zeituni’s lawyers. That is, unless he has a legitimate claim.

"The subject initially claimed to be in possession of one bag; however, flight crew approached the BSOs with two additional pieces of luggage which were believed to belong to the subject. One bag contained the subject’s personal clothing items while the second contained a pair of gloves. The third contained a ‘disguise kit’ which consisted of a silicone type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan."

The man put on the disguise for the officers who "noted he very much resembled an elderly Caucasian man, complete with mimicking the movements of an elderly person. The subject admitted at this time that he had boarded the flight with the mask on and had removed it several hours later," according to the alert.

What was this young man thinking? From our experience, it’s the fifty plus white people who are always pulled aside for special screening.

"We can confirm that officials from the CBSA met a passenger arriving off AC018 Hong Kong to Vancouver on October 29 and the matter is still under investigation," said Air Canada spokesman Peter Fitzpatrick, who noted that "there are multiple identity checks before departure at the Hong Kong international airport, including Chinese government-run Hong Kong passport control, which Hong Kong originating passengers must undergo." …

Their TSA screenings must be as rigorous as ours.

The agency would not discuss when or why the man put on the disguise or details about how he boarded the plane. But the alert indicated that the suspect boarded the plane with a board pass belonging to another passenger.

"It is believed that the subject and the actual United States Citizen passenger (whose date of birth is 1955) performed a boarding pass swap, with the subject using an Aeroplan card as identification to board the flight," the alert said

Putting the obvious lapses of security aside, do Asians really think 55 year old American white men look like that?

Talk about ‘profiling.’

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 7th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Masked Chinese Man On Flight To Canada”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Now I understand why Grandpa Lou had an accent!

  2. P. Aaron says:

    Was he lookin’ to get the AARP discount?

  3. JohnMG says:

    ….”What was this young man thinking? From our experience, it’s the fifty plus white people who are always pulled aside for special screening……”

    Obviously the system worked. (snork, snork, snork mpmfff)

  4. Mae says:

    This is just too bizarre for words. An adventure, perhaps? Sort of like those young men from the mountains of Mexico who sneak across our borders just for the kick of it…merely to see if they could get away with the plan. After all, it’s not like in Columbus’s day where a guy could actually go out there and discover something. Gotta get your jollies somehow.

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