OF COURSE HE’S THINKING ABOUT RUNNING TO HIS LAWYER, IT’S AIR CANADA’S FAULT THAT SOME MUSLIMS ARE BLACKLISTED FROM FLIGHTS…HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE MUSLIMS WHO ARE NOTORIOUS FOR ATTACKING AIR FLIGHTS. OR THE FACT THAT YOU SHARE A COMMON NAME WITH OTHER MUSLIMS WHO ARE BEING BEING KEPT OFF FLIGHTS.
Feds clear Canadian to fly home, but Air Canada won’t take him
Canadian Mohammed Khan, who was stuck in Frankfurt, Germany, since Tuesday when an Air Canada agent told him he was on a blacklist and not allowed to fly, is coming home Friday — but not on Air Canada, which still won’t let him fly despite clearance from Immigration Canada.
Photograph by: John Mahoney, Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL — Montreal resident Mohammed Khan, a Canadian citizen who was stuck in Frankfurt, Germany, since Tuesday after an Air Canada agent told him he was on a blacklist and not allowed to fly, is coming home Friday.
But he won’t be flying with Air Canada, because the airline still won’t let him board its plane, despite the fact Immigration Canada has said he’s clear to fly into Canada.
Canadian consular officials told Khan he could buy a ticket from any airline but Air Canada to get home. Khan, who is looking for work, had to borrow money from a friend so he could buy a Frankfurt to Montreal ticket on British Airways for $1,300. He is eager to return to his wife and his eight-year-old daughter.
“I told the consular official: ‘How can it be that my own country’s airline is the only one that will not take me?’ ” Khan said. The official did not have a response.
Consular officials suggested he tell his wife to wire him money for a ticket, but she, too, is unemployed, he said. The consular officials did not offer to help purchase a ticket.
Air Canada could not be reached for comment Thursday. The airline has not offered to reimburse him for the flight he had already paid for, Khan said.
Khan was on his way back from a trip to his native Bangladesh to visit his family after the death of his sister, and to look for work. At his stopover in Frankfurt, he was told he was not allowed to travel because there were three or four people with the same name and birth date on a no-fly list. Khan contacted the Canadian consulate in Germany on Tuesday. An employee there said she would email Ottawa to see what the issue was. Khan said he has been a Canadian citizen for eight years and has a valid passport.
Khan spent a night at the Frankfurt airport before finding lodging with friends of a friend in Frankfurt. He is contemplating hiring a lawyer to look into his case.
“Right now I just want to get home to my family,” he said. “I can’t think about much else.”