Tuesday, November 09, 2010

For This, Heads Should Roll

That a young Chinese man masquerading as an old Caucasian man managed to board an Air Canada flight certainly raises a few questions.    That three Air Canada cabin crew ignored a passenger who warned them about the disguised man - while the plane was still on the ground in Hong Kong - rings alarm bells.

35-year old clothing retail production manager, [Nuray Kurtur-Balas],  says she told the flight attendants the passenger’s heavily wrinkled face looked like plastic and didn’t match his young looking hands.
She says one flight attendant complimented her on her observation, another said he’d look into it, and the third said the man might have a medical condition—but no action was taken.

It was only after the flight took off and the man removed his mask that the air crew alerted authorities to meet the plane when it landed in Vancouver.

This is utter nonsense.  That cabin crew should have informed their captain immediately about the passenger's observations and that aircraft ought to have remained safely on the ground until the issue was cleared up.   Heads should roll for this.


Oemissions said...

did the crew notice the face change or was it prompted again by the passenger....?
i guess they notice when people go to the johnthe crew might face consequences

The Mound of Sound said...

The crew, those responsible for their training and supervision, and the airline should all be accountable for this.

Beijing York said...

Flights will be held up or diverted if someone mistakenly identifies an observant orthodox rabbi quietly saying prayers as a scary muslim extremist but an obvious fake white old man mask doesn't raise even a question or two from the crew.

And then there is the whole boarding without a photo ID fiasco as well.

Speaking of heads should roll:

w/v: hedpire

The Mound of Sound said...

Hi BY. The 'hedpire' reference completely eludes me. Explain please.

Beijing York said...

Sorry for being so vague, MoS. The word verification reminded me of head pyre, which in turn reminded me of the guillotine reference in your title.

The Mound of Sound said...

Thanks. Idiot me, I actually Googled "hedpire"

Anonymous said...

Yup! Like I said before, Air Canada needs every dollar it can muster.