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Veiled women boarded Air Canada flight from Montreal

“Serious threat to security,” says Transport Minister John Baird

A video posted on YouTube this weekend shows two women boarding an Air Canada flight at Montreal’s Trudeau airport wearing niqabs that block all but their eyes. In the grainy video posted by a British tourist on the same London-bound flight, it appears that neither woman was asked to remove her face-covering as employees checked their passports at the gate. Federal Transport Minister John Baird called the situation “deeply disturbing,” saying it “poses a serious threat to the security of the air-travelling public.” He’s asked staff to report back with recommendations.

Montreal Gazette

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