Sunday, June 05, 2005

Sovereign Air Space

Last week yet another flight was turned away from U.S. airspace due to a false alarm. This jet instead landed in Canada. For a country that is supposed to be a sovereign nation, we certainly seem to be handling a lot of garbage from the U.S. just lately.

When asked why the flight was diverted to Canada, the annoying Scott McLellan hemmed and hawed and did not provide a real answer. An e-mail to my MP also did not get me any responses. It seems to me that for all that PM Paul Martin likes to talk about the sovereignity of Canada, there is really no bite behind that remark. This is not the first time, nor is it likely to be the last that we have had to deal with the U.S. and it's supremely flawed security systems.

So now I ask you the reader: Would a truly sovereign nation allow a jet bound for the U.S. to land in it's territory simply because there was a terror warning and U.S. airspace closed?

The answer is no.


Blogger Tom Carter said...

Amal, that's a good point and I agree with you. I've never understood why Canada takes the diversions, either.

I think if we have an alert on an inbound aircraft, one of two things ought to happen. Either the flight turns around and goes back to where it started, or we divert it to a remote military airfield in the U.S. and determine what kind of threat, if any, it poses.

Canada would be well within it's sovereign rights to refuse future diversions like that.

5:24 PM  
Blogger mulligan said...

I agree. If the U.S. (where I live) feels the need to take action in regards to some fight, they should have a plan in place that doesn't involve simply leaving it to Canada to take care of. Especially if they're going to start insisting that Canadian domestic flights that come over the U.S. provide a list of passengers.

4:34 PM  

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