As we reported earlier this month, Montréal-Trudeau Airport was forced to deal with the unpleasant problem of mujahideen who happen to be airport employees, and who also were allowed access to secure areas on the runway and in the baggage room. Now it appears the problem was more extensive than originally thought, and that more employees have had to have their security access revoked.
Notice that the following article from the daily La Presse delicately avoids any mention of JIM. “Radicalization” — that mysterious process that appears out of nowhere, like a morning fog — is the only issue adduced.
Many thanks to Ava Lon for the translation:
Trudeau Airport: Three other employees have lost their security cards
A total of five employees at the Montréal-Trudeau airport have had their security cards suspended.
by Mylène Crête
April 10, 2017
The security cards for three more employees of the Montréal-Trudeau airport have been suspended, confirmed Transport Minister Marc Garneau on Monday, without specifying the reasons.
These three employees therefore no longer have access to the safe area of the airport, but are still working there.
“Two weeks ago I asked my department to look at the protocols and the risk factors that exist at Trudeau Airport — we do this every now and then at every airport— and there are three people who have had their security clearance temporarily withdrawn because we are investigating certain details,” he said in response to a journalist’s question.
The Minister added that the safety rating of these employees will remain lower for the duration of this investigation.
“I cannot give you the specifics for obvious reasons, but I can confirm that we do it from time to time,” he added.
It’s yet another case, following the case of two other employees at the airport whose security cards were suspended because they showed signs of radicalization, as revealed by a report on the show J.E. last week.
The 16,000 employees who have access to the Trudeau Airport secure area are reviewed every 24 hours in light of the information contained in a police database, Marc Garneau said. A procedure that has existed for a long time, he argued.
More than 1,000 people have lost their access cards or simply have not been hired by the airport in the last two years, either because they were unreliable, incompetent, or for medical reasons, the Minister said.
A “nonchalant attitude”
Conservative MP Gérard Deltell believes Minister Garneau was nonchalant when the news broke out last week.
“The only thing the Minister needed to do was kick his foot and say ‘wait a minute’, put his fist on the table and say stop, we need to correct the situation,” he said.
He believes that Minister Garneau must do more to restore public confidence in the safety rating of airport employees.
“A person who is in this situation is one person too many,” he said.