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Rules were followed in alleged Islamophobic incident involving U.K. MP: Air Canada

By The Canadian Press on October 25, 2023.

OTTAWA – Air Canada says its staff followed procedure when it delayed a British MP for extra questions in what has been described as an Islamophobic incident during a recent diplomatic trip to Canada.

Mohammad Yasin was pulled aside for questioning at London’s Heathrow Airport while other lawmakers he was travelling with were allowed through, and was stopped again at airports in Montreal and Toronto.

Yasin’s fellow Labour MP Clive Betts rose in the British House this week to say that Yasin was stopped “because is name was Mohammad,” and that the incident was “racist and Islamophobic” in nature.

The airline says an authorized government agency prompted the additional screening procedures before Yasin’s flight.

Air Canada says it has apologized for the discomfort the screening caused Yasin.

Betts told the British House that Yasin was questioned about where he was born and whether he was carrying a knife.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 25, 2023.

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