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Misses flight as female security refuse to frisk him

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Published on August 21, 2015 with No Comments

“We will apologize because it was our mistake. Hart should have been screened, he should have been able to get on that plane,” CATSA spokesman Mathieu Larocque said.

A retired social worker from B.C. was prevented from boarding his flight when his artificial hip set off the metal detector at airport security and the all-female security crew refused to frisk him.

Robert Hart was blocked from boarding his Air Canada flight on July 26 while he was on his way to a family wedding in Ontario, reported a leading TV channel.It’s not the first time he has flown and he knew his artificial hip would set off the metal detector, but it is the first time he wasn’t allowed to fly. Hart and his wife checked in at the Northwest Regional Airport near their home in Terrace, B.C.

Hart asked security staff to contact their supervisor and he says he also offered to be patted down by a female CATSA screener, a male Air Canada agent or an RCMP officer.

“I said, ‘What can we do here?’ And the CATSA screener said, ‘I’m sorry you’re just going to have to book another flight. We’re not prepared to negotiate at all on that.'” Hart said he was told the small airport’s CATSA crew had only two male screeners, one of whom was on holiday and the other was off duty. He was asked to come back when a male CATSA agent would be on duty, and as a result, his trip was delayed by nine hours


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