Saturday, November 6, 2010

Old man boards plane, leaves a young man

Masked man
In an incredible breach of security, the youth boarded the plane wearing a mask that made him look decades older / AP Source: AP

AN ELDERLY white man boarded a plane in Hong Kong - and turned into an Asian youth somewhere over the Pacific.
In an incredible breach of security, the passenger, wearing a mask that made him look decades older, walked past security guards and onto an Air Canada flight October 29, according to a Canadian alert.

Then he walked into the plane's lavatory, where he took off the mask and calmly returned to his seat.
Upon landing in Vancouver, the quick-change artist was escorted off the plane and immediately claimed refugee status. The reason he pulled the bizarre stunt remains a mystery.
Red-faced security agents removed three pieces of luggage containing the man's clothing, a pair of gloves and his disguise kit, including a silicone head-and-neck covering, a leather cap, rectangular glasses and a brown cardigan.

The man was apparently able to slip past several guards and get on the plane after swapping boarding passes with a 55-year-old US citizen.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) described the Oct 29 incident as an 'unbelievable case of concealment' involving "a silicone type head and neck mask", Today Online reports.

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