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Nabbed! Man boards flight in 'elderly' disguise
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Posted 11/5/10
Your weird and funny news for Friday!
Just as the title stated: Nabbed! Man boards flight in 'elderly' disguise. Officials probe 'unbelievable case of concealment' on Canada-bound jetliner.
Link: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40026355/ns/travel-news?GT1=43001
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VANCOUVER, British Columbia — A young Asian man who boarded an Air Canada flight elaborately disguised as an elderly white male was intercepted after emerging from a toilet mid-flight without his silicone mask, according to reports. Officials were notified of a "possible imposter" on an Air Canada flight originating from Hong Kong on Oct. 29. After arriving in Vancouver, the man was escorted off the flight and he subsequently made a claim for refugee protection.
According to an intelligence alert issued by the Canada Border Services Agency, officers later recovered a "disguise kit" — which included "a silicone-type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan."
The statement described the case as an "unbelievable case of concealment."
"The passenger in question was observed at the beginning of the flight to be an elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young looking hands," the bulletin added. "During the flight the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian male that appeared to be in his early 20s."
After being detained at the airport, officials asked the passenger to put on the clothing and mask found in one of three pieces of luggage linked to him.
"The subject donned the 'disguise' for Border Services Officers and they noted that he very much resembled an elderly Caucasian man, complete with mimicking the movements of an elderly person," the alert added. "The subject admitted at this time that he had boarded the flight with the mask on and had removed it several hours later."
The statement said the young Asian man had swapped boarding passes with a 55-year-old U.S. citizen before getting on the plane. He had later used a frequent flier card as ID to board the flight, the alert added.
"As neither boarding passes nor Aeroplan (frequent flier) cards reflect dates of birth, it may not have been very difficult for the very elderly looking imposter to present himself as a 55-year-old man," the bulletin said.
Chris McCluskey, a spokesman for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews, said a man is in detention and the matter is before Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board. A spokeswoman for the Immigration and Refugee Board declined comment.
Air Canada also confirmed a passenger on board flight AC018 had been met by border services officials in Vancouver.
"It should be noted that there are multiple identity checks before departure at the Hong Kong international airport, including Chinese government-run Hong Kong passport control, which Hong Kong originating passengers must undergo," Air Canada spokeswoman Angela Mah said.
John Babcock, a spokesman for Canada's Transport Minister, declined to release details but said airlines have the responsibility to verify the identity of all passengers who appear to be 18 years of age or older.
"That means air carriers are supposed to look at a passenger's entire face to determine if they appear to be over 18 and if so, compare their physical appearance with their travel documents," Babcock said.


What a disguise!
I'm still left wondering and speculating as to what his true motive is. Was he trying to get senior discount? Haha.. what crazy things people do. I don't understand, but it gave me a little chuckle cause you know copycats will follow... xP
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Posted 11/5/10
i saw this on cnn.. the things people do..

plus, that's one decrepit looking 55 yr old.
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Posted 11/5/10
oh snap
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Posted 11/5/10
should have worn gloves with it too.
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Posted 11/5/10
I have badly chapped hands, so I could get away with it

but is he a fugitive or something?
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Posted 11/6/10
I saw this yesterday. This stupid, stupid guy. Couldn't he have waited till he left the airport to yank the mask off?! Grr...
& I didn't know he was supposed to pass of as a 55-year old?! That mask looks at least 80 O_O.
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Posted 11/6/10
I saw this too, hilarious eh!
I would have upped the fake age too, well into the upper 70's or 80's.
Seems like his plan was pretty solid though
Posted 11/6/10
55? I would have said somewhere between 75-85.
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Posted 11/6/10
LOL, what was he doing? XDD
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Posted 11/11/10
that looks like a mask for holloween. if i were him, i'd wait until i get off the plane to take the mask off.
Posted 11/11/10
I'm just distracted by how big his head looks in the 2cnd pic compared to the rest of his body.

Rofl thats hilarious!
Posted 11/11/10
haha..ew XD
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Posted 11/11/10
what gets me the most about this whole story is that he left hong kong and boarded a plane without using a passport on top of the fact that he's wearing the mask in this day and age how was it possible i thought that airports and whatnot were supposed to be stricter. i could understand how it would have been something that could have happened 20yrs ago or so but the fact that its happened now i dont understand. we all know travel now was supposed to be almost iron gloved since the hijacking and distruction 9yrs ago. the fact that he's here now and their still trying to figure out who he is who knows if they will ever really know for sure who he is i am almost not so proud to be canadian. i know that if i had tried something like this theres no way i'd have even been able to get anywhere near the aircraft let alone board it :S guess the one good thing about the story is that he was caught
Posted 11/11/10
Very nice disguise
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Posted 11/11/10
Was he trying to make a statement? Because it would seem that if he truly wanted to continue flying on the plane....he would have just worn the mask the entire time.
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