CAIR-CAN: OTTAWA SHOULD SCRAP NO-FLY LIST UNTIL FLAWS FIXED, SAYS ISLAMIC GROUP
The Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations says Ottawa should scrap the no-fly list, which came into effect today, until it fixes major flaws in the program.
Spokesman Sameer Zuberi says the Passenger Protect program is fundamentally flawed and that it must be debated openly in parliament.
He says the federal government must also change the process by which people can apply for reconsideration if their names are mistakenly placed on the so-called Specified Persons list.
Federal officials say the list, which is compiled with the help of the RCMP and CSIS, is meant to safeguard domestic airline passengers by identifying individuals who may pose an immediate threat to aviation security.
But the council, which has long criticized the list, says it lacks due process and could lead to racial and religious profiling.
Starting today, airlines are required to screen each person's name against the list before issuing a boarding pass and to ensure every passenger who looks to be 18 years of age or older carries one piece of valid government-issued photo ID or two pieces without photo.