Whether you are travelling alone, with a partner or a friend, or with your family, you hope check-ins at the airport go as smoothly (and as quickly) as possible.
Now, imagine you're travelling with youngsters, and when you reach the airline check-in, you're informed that your toddler is on a no-fly list. This is the reality for some Canadian families.
According to a group called No Fly List Kids, there are 62 children, ages one to 19, who are on a no-fly list. The group says they believe more kids are impacted.
The Government of Canada has something called the Passenger Protect Program, under the Ministry of Public Safety and Transport Canada. The PPP allows the government, on reasonable grounds, to put an individual on a no-fly index. So, if a child's names is a match to someone who is on a confidential security type list, the child could then be flagged for security reasons.
The reasonable grounds, as mentioned above, is when the government suspects a person "will engage or attempt to engage in an act that would threaten transportation security," or if a person is "attempting to travel abroad to commit certain terrorism offences," according to the government's website. The website also states that government reviews these decisions every 90 days.
Key points of the PPP:
- Air carriers only receive the names, dates of birth and genders of listed individuals on no-fly lists
- Airlines screen all passengers 18 years of age or older before issuing them a boarding pass
- If a traveller's name matches one on a no-fly list, the airline is required to confirm the person's identity and inform Transport Canada
- Anyone who has been denied travel under the PPP have been given written notice
- You can apply to be removed from the list by completing a form with the Passenger Protect Recourse Application
To learn more about no-fly lists, and families whose children have encountered this issue, watch the video above.