- - Monday, August 2, 2010


Veiled airline passengers trigger security probe

MONTREAL | Transportation Minister John Baird ordered a probe after a video posted on YouTube showed two fully veiled women boarding a passenger airplane without showing their faces.

Canadian authorities want to ensure that airline personnel are verifying the identities of all of passengers before they board flights.

The video 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.

The short clip, shot by a British traveler, shows a man boarding a flight with four women, two with face veils, two without. The man presents their passports, and the veiled women are allowed to board, apparently without showing their faces.

The footage is shot at a distance and it is impossible to see what happens next.

“If the reports are true, the situation is deeply disturbing and poses a serious threat to the security of the air traveling public,” Mr. Baird said.

“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 traveling public.”


Police say kidnappers found victims on Web

SAO PAULO | Brazilian police dismantled a kidnapping ring that used profile information on social-networking sites to track victims to their jobs or favorite bars or clubs.

Nine people were arrested last week — mostly young men who spent hours on the Internet planning their crimes, authorities said Monday.

Police uncovered the group while investigating the kidnapping of a 19-year-old man in the interior of Sao Paulo state. Investigators monitored the suspects’ communications to rescue the victim.

Authorities did not say how many other people the group kidnapped or how long the ring had been acting in and around Sao Paulo.

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