The crew of Flight AC075 found five extra passengers on board the plane before it was set to take off from the Simon Bolivar International Airport, outside Caracas, on Friday. The five illegitimate passengers included four Iranians and one Afghan, none of whom had a visa to enter Canada.
Global News “Our secondary load verification process detected a discrepancy in the number of passengers on board prior to take-off and five people were subsequently removed from the aircraft,” Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick toldGlobal News in an email on Monday.
According to a statement on the airport’s website, Luis Graterol Caraballo, the airport’s general director, said all passengers had to disembark the aircraft so their identities could be checked. At that time officials identified the illegitimate passengers.
According to the statement on the airport’s website, authorities detained four people — including an Air Canada employee, two private airport security agents and an immigration officer — on human trafficking-related charges.
But Fitzpatrick said the employee was not an Air Canada employee, but an employee of “a third party company to provide airport services in Caracas.”
There was no indication if the five people with the bogus tickets will be facing any charges. (Why the hell not?)