It hasn’t been smooth sailing for crew and passengers aboard WestJet and Air Canada domestic flights this week. Investigations are underway into five bomb threats that forced a series of emergency landings in four cities across the country. In one incident, St. John's airport officials were also forced to evacuate a building.
But one security expert says passengers shouldn’t be nervous to fly, despite the slew of flight diversions that have taken place across the country since June 25.
“If a terrorist wants to blow up an airplane, they put the bomb on the airplane, they don’t keep calling in,” says Andre Gerolymatos, a history professor at Simon Fraser University who specializes in security and terrorism. “Every time they call, they make the authorities more aware of it and make them much sharper.”
With this past week’s spike in disturbances, WestJet has managed to reduce the time it takes to confirm the hoax. The first, incident, a June 27 WestJet flight from Edmonton to HalifaxRead More »from Travellers shouldn’t be nervous to fly after bomb threats, expert says