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Old October 30th, 2010, 06:42 PM   #3481
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RBA clarifies HK-bound flight's hydraulic 'emergency'
29 October 2010
Borneo Bulletin

On October 14, Royal Brunei Airlines flight BI635 bound for Hong Kong experienced low hydraulic during the final stages of its descent to the Hong Kong International Airport.

In a press release issued by RBA yesterday, it was explained that during the final stages of the approach into Hong Kong International Airport, the Centre Hydraulic System became too low and the captain of the single-aisled Airbus A320 had to perform a 'Go Around Procedure'.

Performing the correct procedures, the captain took flight BI635 "back up into the air to complete the Hydraulic Low Centre Checklist", emphasising that there are three hydraulic systems on the aircraft.

Flight BI635 landed without further incident but "due to the low quantity of fluid in the centre system, the aircraft had limited steering capability", which meant that "it could not make sharp turns, such as exiting the runway and therefore Aerodrome Services were on standby to tow the aircraft to the stand".

The release went on to confirm that "at no time was the aircraft or its passengers ever in any danger and the crew carried out Standard Operating Procedures throughout".
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JuneYao Airlines Predicts CNY400mn Profits This Year

SHANGHAI, November 2, SinoCast -- JuneYao Airlines Co., Ltd. under the aegis of JuneYao Group is likely to get profits of more than CNY 400 million in the 2010 full year, thanks to the increasing passenger flow brought by the Shanghai World Expo, predicted Wang Junjin, board chairman of the airway. Last year, the profits of JuneYao Airlines reached CNY 108 million. That is to say, its profits will quadruple that of a year ago this year.

Currently, JuneYao Airlines totally operates 17 airplanes and over 30 routes from Shanghai to major cities around China. Last Friday, the company just received approval for the operation of international airlines.

As planned, JuneYao Airlines will open the route between Shanghai and Hong Kong by the yearend and airlines to Southeast Asia, Japan and South Korea later on.

However, the company is likely to face challenge from China Eastern Airlines Corporation Limited, Shanghai Airlines Co., Ltd. (SAL), Hong Kong Dragon Airlines Limited (Dragonair) and Hong Kong Airlines in the airline from Shanghai to Hong Kong.
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Airliners fly in face of cyber attack scares
3 November 2010
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Around the world, around the clock, circles of flickering screens keep aircraft apart in the air, ease them gently down to the ground and guide their precious human cargoes off the runway.

This finely choreographed global ballet of speeding metal, fuel and flesh moved almost five billion passengers in 2009, according to data from Airports Council International.

But what if all those screens went blank?

Inside the hot and stuffy glass bulb of the Hong Kong airport control tower, a dozen staff watch the dots on their computers transform into planes rapidly descending from a clear blue sky.

A few floors below, more staff sit at screens in a room with no windows and keep digital tabs on all of the city's airspace, from the tip of the tower to far out over the South China Sea.

Computers everywhere.

Radar. Navigation and weather data systems. Radio communications.

All work together to bring hurtling aircraft to the point where the black rubber lips of the airbridge kiss the doors and weary passengers can safely shuffle off the plane and get on their way.

Then ground control systems cut in to turn the plane around and get fresh passengers in the air until, finally, it exits Hong Kong's airspace and registers as a blip on some far away air traffic controller's screen.

But computers are vulnerable to cyber attack -- and that worries the world's intelligence community.

The head of Interpol, Ronald K. Noble, issued a stark warning to the international police agency's first ever cyber-threat conference in Hong Kong in September.

"We have been lucky so far that terrorists did not -- at least successfully or at least of which we are aware -- launch cyberattacks," he told 300 of the world's top law enforcement officials from 56 countries.

"One may wonder if this is a matter of style. Terrorists may prefer the mass media coverage of destroyed commuter trains, buildings brought down.

"But until when?"

Within weeks of Noble addressing the conference, news broke of the world's first 'cyber superweapon' which was said to be targeting Iran's nuclear facilities as well as infrastructure systems in China.

The Stuxnet worm could break into computers that control machinery at the heart of industry, allowing an attacker to assume control of critical systems like pumps, motors, alarms and valves.

It could, technically, make factory boilers explode, destroy gas pipelines or even cause a nuclear plant to malfunction.

A worm is piece of malicious software (malware) which copies itself and sends itself on to other computers in a network, usually without the computers' operators even knowing it is there.

But at Hong Kong's Chek Lap Kok airport, nobody seems particularly worried.

Carl Modder is the senior man on deck in a control tower that handles a take-off or landing every minute of the day.

"Our system runs on rails really," Modder told AFP. "And we have multiple layers of contingency procedures and fall-back systems that can cut in when required to minimise risk of failure to the air traffic control system.

"For instance, we have four separate radar systems. They can all work independently. If one were to go down the others would still work.

"Plus," he says, gesturing to the controller in charge of the runway used for landing. "The human element is also very much part of the system.

"The final decision to allow an aircraft to take-off or land is taken by a human, not a computer."

He waves a hand out over the vast state-of-the-art facility built on flattened islands and land reclaimed from the sea as yet another plane gently touches down, brakes and exits the runway.

"We even have a back up control tower," he smiles. "We often have drills where we simulate an evacuation from the main tower and 'use the spare'. We have to be prepared to the best of our ability for any eventuality."

And Ir Leung Ping-keung, the man in charge of the airport's 50 technical systems, is certain that there is no risk from cyber attack.

"It is a closed system," he told AFP. "There is no connection between our systems and the Internet nor is there USB access."

Yet computer security experts are not convinced.

Alan Paller, director of research at US-based computer security organisation the SANS Institute, says there is a fundamental weakness in the "not connected to the Internet" argument.

The average air traffic controller cannot email or surf the web from the control systems, he explained.

"But when most managers say there is no connection to the Internet, they are unaware of maintenance connections," he told AFP.

"Behind the scenes there are almost always semi-direct connections through routers shared between the control system and business systems that can be exploited. Worms and attackers can find them easily."

In January 2003, he said, the Bank of America reported that its ATMs had been disabled by an Internet worm -- that was after the banks assured the world that their ATMs were 'not connected to the Internet'.

The most serious cyber attack on the US military came from a tainted flash drive in 2008 inserted into a military laptop in the Middle East which released malicious code that spread undetected in classified and unclassified systems.

It established "what amounted to a digital beachhead, from which data could be transferred to servers under foreign control," Deputy Defence Secretary William Lynn said in August.

But the threat is even greater now, Paller says.

"One of the most virulent new vectors is smartphones -- especially Android-based (the Google operating system) smartphones," he said.

"People plug them into their computers, even computers not connected to the Internet, not for data transfer but to recharge the battery -- not knowing that behind the scenes their phones have been infected and are a carrier between the Internet and the better protected networks."

But in the skies there is still, ultimately, a human in charge: the pilot.

Hong Kong airline Cathay Pacific trains their pilots to face all eventualities they can think of, including a sudden collapse in the air traffic control system.

Blank screens could cause massive disruption but not necessarily disaster.

"Pilots are still trained to fly visually," a Cathay spokesman told AFP. "We also have communications with our aircraft and can keep them informed with what is going on."

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Old November 4th, 2010, 12:40 PM   #3490
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Hactl sets peak records in October
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(2 November 2010, Hong Kong) Hong Kong Air Cargo Terminals Limited (Hactl) today released its tonnage figures for October 2010. Hactl hit record high again on 22 October 2010, achieving the same all-time high tonnage volume recorded on 13 May 2010, with a total of 10,184 tonnes of air cargo handled on that day. The month also marked other new handling records - the company had twice broken the weekly tonnage record in the third and the last week of October, surpassing the previous high just achieved in late April, with an all-time high total of 62,650 tonnes of air cargo handled in the last week of the month. It also achieved the highest monthly tonnage record, breaking previous record set in May 2010.

A total of 260,622 tonnes were handled in the month, representing a year-on-year growth of 15.4%. Cumulative tonnage for the first ten months of the year was 2,394,546 tonnes, up 29.4% year-on-year.

Export volume for October was 144,624 tonnes, up 16.8% year-on-year. Total export volume for the first ten months was 1,310,022 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 35.6%.

Import volume for October was 62,881 tonnes, up 6.1% against October last year. Aggregate import volume for the first ten months of 2010 was 617,778 tonnes, representing a year-on-year growth of 23.9%.

The transshipment volume was 53,117 tonnes in October, indicating a year-on-year growth of 24.0%. Cumulative transshipment tonnage for the first ten months was 466,746 tonnes, up 21.3% against the same period last year.
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Old November 4th, 2010, 06:17 PM   #3491
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Hong Kong overtaken Memphis Airport to be the world's busiest cargo airport

From the latest statistics, Hong Kong International Airport's cargo traffic volume has already overtaken US Fedex hub, Memphis Airport. HKG is now the busiest cargo airport in the world, a title used to be owned by MEM for the past decades!

HKG has a record double digit growth on cargo traffic for the past couple months, thanks to the economic recovery & the sales of iPad & iphone.

World busiest airport cargo traffic
year-to-date(up to July 2010)

1 HONG KONG, HK (HKG) 2,357,310 33.1%
2 MEMPHIS TN, US (MEM) 2,258,696 8.9%
3 SHANGHAI, CN (PVG) 1,850,263 45.4%
4 INCHEON, KR (ICN) 1,568,063 25.6%
5 ANCHORAGE AK, US (ANC)** 1,474,823 49.1%
6 DUBAI, AE (DXB) 1,300,750 25.7%
7 FRANKFURT, DE (FRA) 1,299,724 28.8%
8 TOKYO, JP (NRT) 1,272,628 31.2%
9 LOUISVILLE KY, US (SDF) 1,238,348 14.7%
10 PARIS, FR (CDG) 1,202,840 18.2%
11 MIAMI FL, US (MIA) 1,074,776 24.9%
12 SINGAPORE, SG (SIN) 1,051,768 15.5%
13 TAIPEI, TW (TPE) 1,030,906 52.3%
14 LOS ANGELES CA, US (LAX) 1,001,178 23.4%
15 LONDON, GB (LHR) 889,029 21.5%
16 AMSTERDAM, NL (AMS) 861,166 20.5%
17 BEIJING, CN (PEK) 850,592 9.4%
18 CHICAGO IL, US (ORD) 796,399 39.9%
19 NEW YORK NY, US (JFK) 763,238 22.3%
20 BANGKOK, TH (BKK) 744,448 35.5%
21 GUANGZHOU, CN (CAN) 642,900 31.0%
22 INDIANAPOLIS IN, US (IND) 531,610 5.2%
23 NEWARK NJ, US (EWR) 478,850 12.15
24 SHENZHEN, CN (SZX) 446,514 39.3%
25 TOKYO, JP (HND) 432,712 0.1%
26 OSAKA, JP (KIX) 429,628 35.6%
27 LUXEMBOURG, LU (LUX) 403,916 16.1%
28 KUALA LUMPUR, MY (KUL) 401,747 24.1%
29 MUMBAI, IN (BOM) 382,954 21.9%
30 DALLAS/FORT WORTH TX, US (DFW)380,347 18.2%
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Old November 5th, 2010, 08:46 AM   #3492
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Disguised man boarded Air Canada flight: report
CNN reports on Canada Border Services Agency alert about ‘unbelievable case of concealment’

5 November 2010
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It wasn't until several hours into the long flight from Hong Kong to Vancouver that Air Canada staff knew they'd been had.

A passenger went into the bathroom elderly and white – his face wrinkled, eyes scrunched nearly shut, only a few wisps of white hair clinging to his otherwise bald scalp – and emerged a fresh-faced, young Asian.

The revelation of the “unbelievable case of concealment” is contained in a confidential intelligence report from the Canada Border Services Agency obtained by American news channel CNN and posted on its website (http://www.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/americ...ex.html?hpt=C1) Thursday night.

While the man's motives for disguising himself to get on the plane aren't explicitly laid out in the document, it notes that he filed a refugee claim as soon as he arrived in Canada.

The memo, dated Nov. 1, says the breach happened last Friday.

The unidentified man apparently swapped boarding passes with a 55-year-old American citizen in Hong Kong, and donned the disguise, which consisted of a silicone mask that covered his head, neck and part of his chest. He topped it off with a brown cardigan and apple cap, and a pair of spectacles.

After the mid-air switcheroo, Air Canada security alerted CBSA officials, who pulled the man aside after the plane landed, it says. The man, who quickly filed a refugee claim, is said to have admitted the ruse to officials, and even donned the mask for them to demonstrate.

“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 memo says.

It is not clear from the report how he got past passport control.

Officials from Air Canada and the CBSA could not be immediately reached for comment.
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The strange case of air age
F/X experts admire mask used to deceive Air Canada security

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6 November 2010
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The prosthetic mask used by a refugee claimant to fool airline officials in Hong Kong looks like professional work, according to prosthetics F/X experts.

"I would think he either made it himself or had it made for him," said Jez Gibson-Harris, the principal of special-effects studio Crawley Creatures.

On Oct. 29, the unnamed man boarded a Vancouver-bound flight disguised as an elderly Caucasian man. At some point in mid-air, he went into a bathroom and emerged as a young Asian man.

Authorities later said they were tipped to his remarkable disguise by his hands, which looked too young for the rest of him.

He apparently had an accomplice: a 55-year-old U.S. citizen who slipped him a boarding pass once he'd passed security. The man passed a security check at the gate using the boarding pass and an Air Canada Aeroplan card as ID.

After initially denying the disguise, the man reportedly admitted to the ruse under questioning. He left two carry-on bags on the plane - one filled with clothing, including a hat, glasses and a brown cardigan, the other containing the mask.

"The matter is still under investigation by the CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency)," said Air Canada spokesperson John Reber. The airline would not comment further as the incident remains an open case.

A spokesman in Ottawa did acknowledge, however, that Public Safety Minister Vic Toews has been told by CBSA officials of the "successful interception of an individual, on Oct. 29, attempting to enter Canada under false pretenses (on an Air Canada flight)."

"We can also confirm that the subject is currently in CBSA detention," said Chris McCluskey, the spokesman for Toews. "As for operational security matters, and matters before the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB), I cannot help you with further comment."

On Friday, Air Canada confirmed to The Canadian Press that a passenger on flight AC018 had been met by border services officials in Vancouver and awaits an Immigration and Refugee Board.

All passengers flying to Canada from Hong Kong undergo multiple security checks before arriving at the Air Canada gates, Reber said. Those checks include the Chinese government-run Hong Kong passport control.

The Conservatives say there'll be a full investigation into how a young man got onto the flight in disguise.

Effects experts say a mask of this quality would start with a "lifecast" of the man's head. From that "negative" image, he would sculpt a "positive" bust of his own skull and face.

Then he would have had to build the mask around the bust using silicone. The mask would be painted to achieve a lifelike hue. Eyebrows, eyelashes and the hairs on the head would have to be individually punched through the mask.

"It's quite tricky," said Gibson-Harris, a 25-year veteran of the special-effects business who's worked on TV shows such as TheLost World and movies such as AnAmerican Werewolf in Paris.

"The mask used here was obviously a silicone mask that had been expertly created over a cast of a person's head, giving it its form-fitting shape," said Paul Jones, a Toronto-based special-effects expert who's worked on The Resident Evil series amongst other sci-fi and fantasy features.

"The softness and 'deadened' quality of the silicone would allow movement of the person's face inside the mask to translate to the outer skin without the aid of glue."

Could the mask be purchased in a store?

"I wouldn't think so," Gibson-Harris said. "They're difficult to make. It would be very expensive."

According to officials, the man appeared at the gate in the disguise. Presumably, that meant putting it on somewhere inside Hong Kong International Airport. A bathroom stall, perhaps.

How hard would that be with a tight-fitting, one-piece mask?

"If it is just a slip-on mask - and that's certainly what it looks like in the picture - it's thin," said Gibson-Harris. "Silicone is quite pliable. With a little bit of talcum powder in it, it would pull on quite easily."

Part of the brilliance of the disguise is in its details. The mouth appears to be sealed closed, meaning no glue would need to be applied to the man's lips in order to keep the mask in place. The eyes are deeply wrinkled, nearly slits. Thick glasses further obscure the eyes.

"Just having a convincing mask is not enough," said Jones. "A performance is also needed."

The CBSA release said the man was "mimicking the movements of an elderly person."

The performance was crucial since, to Gibson-Harris' eye, the mask itself is not superior quality.

"There's quite a sheen to it, which is slightly unnatural. The folds of the skin, especially on the forehead, to my eyes they look coarse and sculpted. But it obviously fooled quite a few people," Gibson-Harris said. "Not doing the hands - that was the big mistake."

The toughest part of the assignment might have been simply carrying on with it while on board.

"It'd be awfully hot under there," Gibson-Harris said. "Like 'boil in the bag.'"

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US Homeland Security chief says old-man disguise used by airplane passenger raises cocerns
7 November 2010

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia (AP) - U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said Saturday that the case of a young Chinese man who boarded a flight to Canada elaborately disguised as an elderly white male raises concerns about a security breach that terrorists might exploit.

Authorities have not suggested any terrorist link to the case of the man who boarded the Air Canada flight in Hong Kong on Oct. 29 wearing a remarkably detailed silicone mask to make him look like an elderly man. An internal intelligence alert from the Canadian Border Services Agency shows before-and-after photos, and says the man removed the mask in a washroom mid-flight.

Air Canada confirmed a passenger on board flight AC018 had altered his appearance and had been met by border services officials in Vancouver, British Columbia. The Chinese man is seeking refugee status in Canada in what border officials are calling an "unbelievable case of concealment." Canadian authorities did not release any information about the passenger's identity.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews expressed concern over the broader implications of an elaborately disguised man being able to board a commercial airliner under an assumed identity.

"That issue is very troubling," Toews said.

Napolitano expressed similar concerns on the sidelines of the Halifax International Security Forum about the use of such "an elaborate mask."

"I saw the pictures. I don't have the actual operational details, but I think these are further illustrations of different tactics and techniques used," Napolitano said.

Napolitano said she didn't know any details of the case beyond what was reported in the media.

"I understand it's under investigation, as it ought to be," she said.

Napolitano said the U.S. was actively trying to protect air travelers, including working on an agreement with the European Union that would provide advance information on airline passengers.

"Good security is layered security. It begins with information sharing, information collection . . . good screening and scanning techniques at the airport gates themselves," she said.

A Canadian government official gave the alert to The Associated Press. The official provided the document Friday on condition of anonymity as the official was not authorized to release it publicly. The official said a U.S. passport was involved.

The passenger was seen at the start of the flight as an "elderly Caucasian male who appeared to have young-looking hands," the Canadian Border Service bulletin said. Later in the flight, however, "the subject attended the washroom and emerged an Asian-looking male that appeared to be in his early 20s."

The document says the man had a bag that contained a "disguise kit which consisted of a silicone type head and neck mask of an elderly Caucasian male, a brown leather cap, glasses and a thin brown cardigan."

The imposter's makeover was much more elaborate than in previous cases, where suspects simply tried to match the hairdo, clothing and height of the passport holder they are trying to imitate, Hong Kong Undersecretary for Security T.K. Lai told reporters in Hong Kong on Saturday.

"This is a brand new method," Lai said.

The Canadian bulletin said the man later admitted to officials that he had boarded the flight with the mask on and had removed it several hours later. It says they believe the man and another man performed a boarding pass swap.

A Hong Kong official told the AP that the imposter is a mainland Chinese citizen who was transiting through Hong Kong. The official declined to be named because she is not authorized to release the information.

The official said the Chinese man likely escaped detection because he used his own travel documents and a genuine boarding pass when clearing immigration checkpoints in the southern Chinese city, then swapped travel papers with a collaborator in the transit lounge just before boarding the flight to Vancouver.

The man's case is being handled by Canada's Immigration and Refugee Board, but a spokesman for the agency declined comment.

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Associated Press Writer Min Lee contributed to this report from Hong Kong.
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Old November 7th, 2010, 07:53 PM   #3495
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Old November 8th, 2010, 11:15 AM   #3496
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Rumor from IATA intelligence: The third & fourth A380 to land on HKG next year will be:

Lufthansa & Korean Air!!

Lufthansa will be flying their A380 to HKG from 27 March 2011, replacing their 744 services.

The fourth A380, Korean Air, (for pilot training propose only)proposed schedules:
31/5-3/7 Daily except Mon KE607 ICN-HKG 22:30/Daily except Tues KE608 HKG-ICN 00:50
1/7-1/10 Daily KE603 ICN-HKG 10:55/Daily KE604 HKG-ICN 12:25
4/7-31/7 Days 1,2,5,6,7 KE607/Days 1,2,3,6,7 KE608 same schedule above
1/8-29/10 Daily KE607/608

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Human smugglers link to masked passenger
The Standard
Monday, November 08, 2010

The young man from the mainland who fitted himself out in an old-man silicone mask to board a Canada-bound flight at Hong Kong International Airport could have been helped by human smugglers.

That was the thinking last night as investigators continued to puzzle about how a transit passenger from Fujian beat airport security and airline checks in his role as an aged Caucasian.

"It's unlikely this method of concealment and documentation is something he dreamed up on his own," lawyer Lee Rankin told Canada's Postmedia News agency.

The man boarded an Air Canada flight at Chek Lap Kok on October 29 but took off his mask during the flight and then waited to be arrested and a chance to ask for asylum.

Canada's Border Services Agency told how some passengers became suspicious during the flight of the old man with "young-looking" hands.

That was when the man with deep wrinkles - he looked well into his 70s - walked into a toilet. He emerged minutes later as a young Asian man. Some passengers, in fact, fretted about what had become of the old man.

Crew members were alerted and radioed ahead about the quick-change artist. He was arrested on landing at Vancouver, where he sought asylum.

Hong Kong and Canadian officials remain tight-lipped about how he could have worked the scam.

One school of thought is that he didn't need to go through immigration as a transit passenger and had only to get past the boarding gate to make it on to the Air Canada flight.

According to the intelligence report, the imposter obtained the Canada- bound boarding pass in a departure area from a 55-year-old man from the United States.

Rankin, who pointed to traffickers at work, said 99.9 percent of illegal immigrants to Canada rely on smugglers.

On possible problems in Hong Kong, SAR officials have said that plainclothes security officers are stationed at the airport to spot fraudulent travelers.

Canada's Public Safety Minister Vic Toews downplayed the incident, saying that - aside from the silicone mask - there was nothing unusual about the case.

US Homeland security secretary Janet Napolitano said terrorists might exploit the loophole to carry out attacks.
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Air Canada flight attendants ignored passenger's warning about masked man:CNN
9 November 2010
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VANCOUVER - Air Canada flight attendants ignored repeated warnings about a passenger who looked suspicious, a woman who was on the flight that a young Chinese man had boarded disguised as an elderly white man told CNN on Monday.

Nuray Kurtur-Balas told the U.S. network that the plane was still on the tarmac in Hong Kong when she got a good look at the man and immediately suspected something was wrong.

``It wasn't a real person's skin. It looked plastic,'' she told CNN. ``I said to the flight attendant, 'Did you check out that person's hands? They seem like they belong to a 20-year-old kid. There are no wrinkles.''

Kurtur-Balas, who had been in Hong Kong on business and was flying home on her 35th birthday, said the flight attendant simply remarked 'good observation.'

When no action was taken she said she went to a second flight attendant, told him she was nervous about the flight, and asked if her concerns had been checked out.

She said the attendant told her 'We'll look into it,' but again nothing was done.

Finally, she said, she spoke to a third flight attendant before the plane left Hong Kong, but was told the man had done nothing wrong, and might, in fact, have a medical condition.

``I was thinking the whole time he was wearing a mask,'' Kurtur-Balas said. ``Why would somebody wear a mask if they have a medical issue?'' ``I was thinking he was going to blow the plane up.''

Kurtur-Balas said she kept her iPhone close so that she could call her family if something terrible happened.

The man removed his silicone mask after the flight took off, and the air crew then alerted authorities in Vancouver.

The 22-year-old Chinese national was arrested when the flight landed.

He remains in detention in Vancouver and is seeking asylum in Canada.

Air Canada declined to comment on Kurtur-Balas' allegations, saying the company is currently conducting an internal investigation with the airline's staff as well as with SATS, the company that performs passport verification at the boarding gate and passenger boarding services on behalf of Air Canada in Hong Kong.

At an immigration hearing in Vancouver on Monday, the lawyer for the asylum seeker requested the media be banned from the hearings in order to protect his client and the man's family.

The immigration adjudicatory said she would release her decision about allowing media access on Wednesday, the same day the unnamed refugee claimant is expected to be back before the board for a hearing.

Kurtur-Balas contacted CNN after reading an article about the incident.

She said she told her husband all about the bizarre incident when she got home, but said he didn't believe her.

She said he told her ``'You are watching too much 'CSI' and 'Criminal Minds.'''
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