The federal government should scrap the “no-fly” list until it fixes fundamental flaws in the program, said the Canadian Council on American-Islamic Relations.

“For a list that so severely impacts the civil liberties and mobility rights of the people — that should be debated in Parliament,” said spokesman Sameer Zuberi.

“That’s why we’re asking the government to scrap the list.”

The Specified Persons list, which came into effect yesterday, is provided to all airlines that fly within or in and out of Canada, includes the name, date of birth and gender of anyone the federal government considers an immediate threat to aviation security.

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.

Transport Canada officials say the list is meant to safeguard the security of airline passengers. However, passengers won’t know until they check in at the airport whether they will be allowed to fly.


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